Cincy Science: University of Cincinnati investigates new technology for the visually impaired

A recent study by the University of Cincinnati may lead to better ways to get around for the visually impaired. 

Research participants experimented with a tool called the Enactive Torch  to navigate narrow passages and doorways. The device uses infrared sensors to detect objects and emit vibrations to a wristband, allowing the participant to better judge their own movements.

University of Cincinnati graduate student Luis Favela conducted the study using 27 participants. Each had to first navigate a passage and doorway using their normal vision, then blindfolded using a cane and blindfolded using the Enactive Torch. Favela presented his research at the American Psychological Association's (APA) annual convention earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

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