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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of an electronic navigation aid worn on the hand that allows individuals who are blind or have low vision to "see" potential obstacles in their path. Designer Calin Giubega has created a the Munivo as a "hand map." The Munivo attaches to the hand by sliding the outside edge (opposite the thumb) of the palm of the hand into the open end of the device's "U" shape. Sensors are located at the end of the handle portion of the device the fits over the hand. With the arms at the user's sides, the sensor points forward and is able to sense objects or obstacles immediately in front of the user. The user's palm is almost completely covered a broad, oval portion of the Munivo. This part of the device uses two spheres to create symbols and gestures based on data from the sensor that provide information what is in the user's immediate path as well as direction to avoid obstacles. Examples of information provided by the spheres to the user include: path widening or narrowing, stop, and which direction to move. The Munivo Hand Map is constructed of silicone and is approximately 82 millimeters (mm) from hand grip to the edge of the device wide and 76 millimeters tall. The grip is constructed of a soft inner layer with ultrasonic sensors on two axes (x=120 mm and y=75 mm). TITLE: Hand Map for the Blind. WEBSITE: Yanko Design. REF: http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/02/10/hand-map-for-the-blind.
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