Sunu Band: a new device developed to help blind people
Sunu Band is a sonar smart-bracelet which provides help for the blind and visually impaired. This new technology provides an enhanced mobility for these people. Besides, an accessory Sunu Tags helps retrieve lost and misplaced personal items. This is a very serious as noble mission. In fact more than 20 million adult Americans (nearly 10 percent of all adults) are completely blind or have serious troubles seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. The number of visually impaired people worldwide is estimated to be near 300 million.
In fact, independent mobility for people living with impaired vision can be stressful. And the current aids in the market are too expensive and not intuitive. The objective is thus to create a user-centered, discreet and intuitive device. And Sunu Band’s proximity sensors and haptic feedback (vibrations), seem to help the visually impaired to sense objects in their path. The result has been achieved by using wearable technology that enables the senses. Today, the Sunu Band uses sonar can detect ranges of four to five feet. For the outdoors, it can detect up to fifteen feet. It can be turned off when you don’t need it.
In 2015, Sunu has improved, tested and validates its product with the National Federation of the Blind. It also worked with orientation and mobility experts, as well as individual users.
The new sonar smart-bracelet includes connections to the Sunu Tag locator beacon. This locator helps people keep track of personal articles. It also includes a haptic clock allowing users to tell time via discreet vibrations.
The prototypes for the Sunu Band were developed by co-founders Marco Trujillo and Cuauhtli Padillas in Mexico. It seems that there is nothing quite like the Sunu Band on the market right now.
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