Re-imagining the White Cane for Visually Impaired Individuals through Technology
- Target Audience: Visually impaired individuals
- A small portion of Individuals who are visually impaired use the white cane
- The cane affects the behaviors of others
- if they offer to help, sympathy, etc.
- Current devices/tools employed by the visually impaired include: guide dogs, friends/family, etc.
- Those visually impaired are unable to interact with screen based technology
- A device/tool/service to assist visually impaired individuals
- A kinetic proximity sensor to detect how close an object is from a subject
- Utilizing a threshold to determine if the proximity is under a particular depth, if so, we alarm the user through a series of vibrations.
- Vibrations would be emitted through a smart watch or telephone.
- All team members are beginners at coding
- Kinect is a relatively new device, so not much information is readily available
- No Athenahack mentors had experience with Kinect, only one Microsoft individual was fluent in Kinect.
- No Athenahack mentors had experience with programming Pebble Smartwatch Applications -- this led us to pivot towards notifying the user their proximity to an object through vibrations through mobile phones.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Creating a successful prototype to demonstrate our project
- Not giving up!
- Overcoming obstacles (time constraints, knowledge, resources, etc)
- Pivoting, and being open minded to new ideas and ways to improve our product.
What we learned
- Hackathons are cool!
- Kinetic, and how to program in C# with it
- How to pitch our product to judges
- How to create a server
- How to send text messages from a server
- Working with like-minded individuals
- Collaboration, Creativity,
What's next for inSight
- We hope to use the technology we've created to then condense the Kinect into a smaller device and turn it into a wearable.
- The technology employed in inSight can be used in other aspects such as Security.