sensory rings

A cheap durable ubiquitous aid for people with visual and auditory disabilities. These aids are designed to be discreet and respectful. They do this by silently communicating the information of surrounding light, colour or audio waves haptically to the wearer. They can be removed by the wearer at any point.

They silently communicate to the wearer and no one else. The effect will be learned and the proficiency of the device will be left to the users skill level. Our goal is that this device be cheap durable and highly effective.

light ring

Allows a visually impaired person to find the source of a light and its intensity discreetly. When the wearer rotates their hand towards the direction of the light, while wearing the light-ring, the light sensor will map these values and output to a small vibration motor. The vibrations will vary with pulse allowing the wearer to gain a understanding of the intensity of the light without verbal communication. As the wearer moves their hand away, the light source will be less intense and so the vibratory motor will lower its pulse rate, relating to the wearer the direction of the possible lightsource.

Possible uses would be to know which lights in a room are on and where they are.

colour ring

Allow a visually impaired person to gauge the colour of an item. With the use of a colour sensor. The sensor will map the value of Red, Green and Blue and translate them to a small vibration motor. This will pulse out the values of the various colours.

(Readings of an object will differ in various light environments and surfaces smoothness of an object will also have an effect on readings. Proficiency of use of the colour ring will have to be learned by the wearer.)

Possible uses would be to know if ones clothes match.

sound ring

Allows a completely deaf person to gauge where a sound is coming from. Its amplitude and pitch will be mapped and output to two vibratrory motors which will pulse out the relative intensity of the pitch and amplitude simultaneously. When the wearer rotates their hand they will be able to gauge the direction the sound is coming from because the the amplitude of the sound will be less. As the wearer cups their hand away from the sound so the vibratory motor will output a lesser pulse, informing the wearer as to where the general location of the sound is. A Kudu’s ears work much the same way and thus have the ability to rotate 360 degrees.

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