The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device for Blind by designer Soonjae Kwon uses sound, auditory functions and Braille to allow he blind with the independence to serve as productive members of he society. In the U.S. alone, there are over ten millions people who have lost their sight or who suffer from severely lowered vision. The number of blind people is increasing at an alarming rate and a high percentage of them are seniors. However, public spaces are still not equipped with enough supportive infrastructure to allow the non-sighted part of the population to serve as regular members of the society. The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device looks to ensure social equality to the blind.
The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device offers an ease of usability that lets the blind live independently and productively. The simple interface of the device allows the blind to maintain their performance at home and at work and even opens up new career avenues for them. This helps the blind to benefit from opportunities that have so far been limited only to people with normal vision. The device helps people with visual disabilities to develop their mobility and gives them a distinct sense of independence.
Using a radio frequency identification (RFID tag) for the purpose of identification and tracking, the Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device helps the blind navigate public spaces on their own. A 3-step system of buttons allows uses to push a button backwards and forwards to obtain pre-information about the next step on their route and select the ultimate direction they need to proceed in. The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device is fitted with am LED light to allow the sighted to recognize and identify the user at night. An 8-way vibrating indicator lets the user decide the direction they need to move in.
The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device features a telescopic stick made of 12”-56″ flexible carbon fiber. The portable stick is comfortable to use and provides a stable support to the blind while they are on the move. The core of each refreshable Braille display device comes fitted with a proprietary technology that uses printed circuit boards to display information. This allows the users to read the info on the device and take actions accordingly.
The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device features a plug-in charge function. The device comes with a niche magnetic battery that provides more sustainable, simpler and easier charging. The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device also comes with a silicon rubber surface that ensures better handling and protects the device from water.