Monday, March 7, 2011

From 'Fast Company': Welcome to the TED Revival: Blind People Drive, Paralyzed People Walk

From 4 March 2011: Yesterday morning at TED resembled an old-time faith-healing session--except instead of the Bible, the force was technology.

First Dennis Hong presented the results of his robotics lab RoMeLa's collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind. They equipped a car with an accelerometer, GPS, two cameras, and laser rangefinders, and then created a set of novel nonvisual interfaces--vibrating gloves and seat mats, and a brand-new screen called the AirPix that looks like a tiny air hockey table. It uses puffs of air like pixels to create an "image" of obstacles in the road ahead... Read More.

Dennis Hong at Daytona International Speedway, 29 January 2011. Photo by Steven D. A. Mackay

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