This small device aims to improve everyday life for people who are visually impaired, enhancing mobility by creating gestures using the sensorial capacities of the hand such as the recognition of the pressure and spatial acuity factors in relation with the user’s mental model.
How does it work?
"Munivo" uses a simple and accessible technology,based on ultrasound technology (Remote sensing). Distance sensors carry measurements on two axes, "X" and "Y", between the subject and potential obstacles, sending information to the electronic control unit. It then processes signals from sensors and sends control signals to actuatorsplaced in the silicon film situated in direct contact with the skin in thepalm. The actuators in the form of spheres transmit signals to the user, moving on two axes, creating familiar gestures. Through gestures, the user is able to perceive obstacles and delimitations of the environment, creating thus a haptic communication system.
It is designed to be simple, both in terms of construction and functionality aiming towards a full use of the hand in daily activities thus the shape of Munivo is the result of combining several factors such as function, ergonomics, comfort, functional aesthetics and manufacturing costs.