How a belt invented by 3 young students will help the visually impaired to automatically detect obstacles while moving


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When the youth of the country thinks of making life easier for the people are struggling with mental and physical disabilities, there’s no force that can stop them. Three students from the YMCA Institute of Science and Technology, Faridabad have created a belt that can make life for those with a visual impairment a lot easier.

This belt, to be worn on either leg, can measure the distance of a nearby obstacle for the person and will make him or her aware of it in the surrounding. If any obstacle or impediment comes in their proximity, the belt starts vibrating directionally. A similar project had been executed by a few students from the Electronics Engineering Department of the same institute. There was a belt buckle, and earphones, which was used to send sound signals to the concerned person. But this belt, according to Kunal, primarily uses vibrations so as to not suppress the primary, heightened sense of hearing for the visually impaired. Kunal, Mudit and Aishwarya recently conducted a fundraiser on Impact guru, a crowd funding website, to fulfill their aim of distributing at least 20 such belts to the needy kids in Faridabad. They are also trying to improve quality of the belts by making them more comfortable and efficient in detection for the wearer.

And not just for the blind, Kunal mentions about their new project of a ‘Healthcare machine’, for people who might not be able to visit the doctor due to financial reasons. It would be a cheaper option for making healthcare affordable by all.

The sensors would record the symptoms of the patient and provide possible solutions on the main screen. You can help contribute for the immaculate work of Kunal and his team by contributing for their innovation at ImpactGuru.

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