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Wearable Device Uses Ultrasound to Detect Obstacles for Blind People

Portrait Of Blind Man Sitting

Orientation and Mobility is difficult for people who are blind or has partial sight. The major problem with these people is detecting obstacles above the waist, particularly at head level. This problem is further exacerbated in developing countries due to a lack of accessible infrastructure and a lack of social assistance.

To address these issues, iMerciv, a Toronto, Canada-based startup has developed BuzzClip, a small and discreet wearable for people that are blind or partially sighted.

The BuzzClip uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one’s path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter.

The BuzzClip offers essential head-level obstacle detection and can be easily attached to many forms of clothing, making it a highly versatile and useful device. It vibrates to alert you of head-level obstacles which ground-level canes and guide dogs cannot detect.

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