So this real clever guy named Steve is being credited for making the
Haptic. It’s quite an impressive gadget that’s actually a portable sonar
device for the blind. The technology, however, isn’t new. What Steve
really accomplished was make it more compact for wearing on the wrist.
As the accompanying blog post put it, "It’s like strapping a bat on your
wrist.” Couldn’t have been any blunter.
For your perusal, a video:
Project Tacit: Sonar For The Blind from Grathio Labs on Vimeo.
The Haptic’s ultimate purpose is to allow the blind to ‘feel’ the
terrain they are walking on. The fact that it uses a cloth cover/case
indicates its inventor has a flare for sensible design.
We have no idea how rugged this is, however. Apparently, the Haptic
isn’t the first of its kind as similar sensors have been
commercially available for a while.
What makes it different is the gadget is custom-built for a different
part of the body–the wrist. Thus when worn, the Haptic intends to
replace the blind person’s cane or at least broaden their aural
Sonar really is impressive and to get it to the size of a
hand-mounted device is something to be proud of. Hope Steve never stops
building things. Who knows what he might come up with next?