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Tactile Wand: sensor wand for the blind

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The Tactile Wand, conceptualized by Jin Woo Han, aids the visually impaired by offering an alternative to the ‘walking stick’. The Tactile Wand utilizes sensors to detect the distance of approaching objects. By using vibrations to signal the distance of objects, the user can determine whether or not he/she is on a collision course. The stronger the vibration, the closer an object is.


This is also good for people who aren’t blind, as this can lessen the chance of being whacked by a traditional walking stick. It seems very lightweight and easy to use, though I have no idea how this is powered. Batteries? Also, I am curious to see how this will be received by the blind. I find objects that vibrate to be extremely annoying if it is constantly vibrating. I mean, I have to turn off my Xbox 360 controller’s vibration feature off, because it gets annoying, especially when playing FPS’s. I wonder if they will find this the same.


Via: Tuvie


  1. shanthi
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    i want to buy this product

  2. Victoria Hauger
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    this is a very interested product. I believe it will also help with the blind person self assteam I know my husband feels like a retard when he has to use his stick I really want to know where I can buy this product

  3. Maurizio Giraldi
    Posted October 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Where is it possible to buy it on internet? please can you suggest some e-commerce website? thanks

  4. goutam roy
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    i want buy the product. plz send me full informatios.

  5. chi chi
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    where can i get this?

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