GPS is in just about everything now-a-days. Once just used by a few niche markets out there, it’s something that almost everyone uses all the time, sometimes every day. This brand new concept brings the idea that even the visually impaired of us out there should be able to utilize the technology, even if they aren’t able to see the screen. Basing the idea on a 3D physical map that the user would hold in their hand, the user would be able to use the Braille system to find where they are, and where they need to go.
Designed by Korean designers Seol-Hee Son, Ji-Youn Kim and Seung-Hyun Yoon, the Brainovi works by utilizing a combination of a pin-matrix surface and directions relayed to the system with your voice, through a Bluetooth wireless earpiece. The user simply speaks their desired route into the microphone, and then the system will figure out the destination and path. The 3D physical map will then detail the directions for the user on that pin-matrix system, so that the owner can feel the route they need to go, instead of seeing it.
As the image shows, the user would basically have to hold it in their hand the whole time, and follow the path outlined for them. The designers have a good idea on their hands, and it’s good to see that the most used systems of today are being transitioned to benefit everyone.