Coming up with Our Idea

Sebastian Villate

At first, our team had the idea to make a glove to teach blind children to play the piano. The gloves fingers would vibrate to tell the user which keys to press. Then through some research, we discovered this was already in development by Georgia tech, so we had to find something else. We knew we wanted to help the blind community, so after one of our teammates learned that only 10% of the blind population know how to read Braille, … Read More

The Newest (Haptic) Innovation in Shoes: Lechal

Sebastian Villate

Lechal are insoles that work with almost any shoe and are a great demonstration of the capabilities of haptic technology. These insoles use vibrations to guide visually impaired pedestrians without the use of a cane or guide dog. To use them, the user puts on their shoes and gives the shoes a command. For example, “take me home” is two taps on the top of the shoes. Once the user starts walking, small vibrations in the shoe will indicate for … Read More