Animals with poor eyesight use echolocation to detect obstacles. The Sixth Sense is a small, handheld device that uses ultrasonic sensors to do the same. The device vibrates in different ways to warn the user when they’re close to an object. The frequency of the vibrations increase as the user gets closer to an object.
Visually impaired users can also notify someone when they are in distress. A push of a button sends a text with their location to the pre-set contact.
285 million people globally are visually impaired, including students in Brian’s school. He saw first-hand what their challenges were, and this inspired him to find a way to make their lives easier. Brian is working with members from the Kenya Institute for the Blind to make sure the product is as user-friendly and affordable as possible.