Visually impaired people face mobility challenges in today’s crowded and fast-paced world. Fortunately, technological advancement has significantly improved these people’s lives.
Apart from a cane or a service dog to help them navigate, visually impaired people can now use a new high-tech option provided by an Austrian company called Tech-Innovation.
This company has developed shoes with a built-in sensor that alerts visually impaired people when an obstacle is detected via vibration or sound. The sensors in the InnoMake product react when an obstacle is detected at a maximum distance of four meters and a minimum distance of half a meter.
The sensor is housed in a special slot within the shoes and is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts up to a week before needing to be recharged. It only takes three hours to fully charge the battery.
The shoes and sensor are free of charge, as is the app. It allows users to change a variety of settings, such as how far away from objects they must be before being alerted. If you’re wondering what happens when it rains or snows, the creators thought of it and made the sensor waterproof.
If users choose the intelligent mode, the sensor will be deactivated when they are seated and will reactivate when they move. Several shops in Austria allow customers to try on shoes before purchasing them. This is a truly life-changing innovation.