05.03.2015

New driving aid "may help blind people"

New driving aid "may help blind people"

The technology behind a new type of device to assist people when they are driving could also be used to help blind pedestrians, it has been suggested.

According to experts at the University of Utah, their latest creation, which helps drivers to navigate through touch-based directional devices, has unlimited potential.

William Provancher, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Utah, said the same technology also could help blind pedestrians with a cane that provides directional cues to the person"s thumb.

He revealed that he is "starting to meet with the Utah Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired to better understand how our technology could help those with vision impairments", adding that "it could be used in a walking cane for the blind".

It comes after experts at King"s College London have discovered a gene that is thought to cause short-sightedness, potentially paving the way for treatments to put an end to one of the world"s most common eye disorders.

by Emily Tait


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