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B.A.T. Buckle / Navigation for the Blind

B.A.T. Buckle
B.A.T. Buckle

The B.A.T. Buckle is a device that gives blind users a better way to navigate their immediate surroundings. Using laser rangefinders as proximity detectors, this innovative buckle detects obstructions and drop offs while giving feedback through varying intensities of vibrations. Having the device fully contained within a fashionable belt buckle eliminates the stigma of using the traditional white cane and improves self-confidence. The result is increased self-esteem and independence in maneuvering. Receiving immediate responses to their environment allows users to more easily integrate into society.

University

Northwestern University

Northwestern University
Evanston, United States

Design

Pauli Lieponis

Pauli Lieponis
Chicago, United States

Pauli Lieponis