Category: Sensory Disability Access

Kinect Haptic Belt

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The Kinect Haptic Belt is a Microsoft Kinect (a device designed for the Xbox 360 in 2007) attached to a belt with three different vibrating sections designed to help individuals who are blind or have low vision navigate through crowded areas using its depth-sensing camera. As the wearer approaches obstacles, the Kinect will sense them and send vibrations through the relevant portion of the belt, letting the user know which the approximate location of whatever it is that's in their path.


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Kinect Haptic Belt

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Undergraduate engineers at the University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate engineers at the University of Pennsylvania Organization Type: 
Undergraduate engineers at the University of Pennsylvania mounted the Kinect on a belt and created a device that helped blind people navigate through obstacles. The initiative was widely commended and quickly won national awards.
University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science 220 S 33rd St.
19104 Philadelphia , PA United States
Pennsylvania US