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Sens Phone concept for the blind

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2008

Sens Phone concept for the blind
This concept phone by Takumi Yoshida, looks wavier than a water bed bearing a Sumo wrestler. That’s because it’s made for the blind and the nearly blind, with lighted sides that help convey different alert messages and curvy tactile keys that make it distinguishable for the visually impaired.

It would also be good for those users who want to feel as if they have squeezed their phone into a different shape, causing it to bulge. Great idea for the sight-impaired as there aren’t many phones they can use easily.

Wii Crossbow with laser sight & ping pong ball tip

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2008

Wii Crossbow with laser sight & ping pong ball tip
We have a virtual catalog of Wii accessories in the archive, but this is the only one that looks like it could be used by a Ninja standing on top of a tall building. Of course, at night, the white color would probably give you away, but you’re a Ninja, just lose yourself in the shadows.

I’m not sure why they felt the need to have a ping-pong ball on the end, I guess they felt it looked too cool otherwise. A laser sight is included to make sure you beat all your high scores. It will cost you $28.

Tactile Wand could help the visually impaired

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2008

Tactile Wand for the visually impaired
You might think this is the next step in the evolution of the Nintendo Wiimote, but it’s really a “smart” wand designed to replace that long stick that the visually impaired have been stuck with for decades. It was created by Jin Woo Han and uses a sensor on the front to detect nearby objects by providing feedback about how far away those objects are, through varying levels of vibration.

The wand even includes a tactile strip in the area where you place your thumb that will go so far as to indicate the position of objects around you. Both feedback methods beat the hell out of using audio cues, which can be unreliable if there is too much background noise. The Tactile Wand is just a concept at the moment, and we probably will not see it for a long time, but when we do see it, it will be a powerful tool for the sight impaired. I just hope it can also detect the lack of objects, like open man-holes and the like.