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Tao Lin
Advanced Product Design
China
+46 73 813 09 91

Description Inspiration Method Final Design

Lack of independent mobility is one of the most troubling issues that visually impaired people have to face. Existing electronic aids solved some of the problems technically, but are not widely adopted due to the high price, low availability and "professionalism". In Project Bee I propose an inclusive design solution, which not only provides navigation aids for visually impaired people, but also an intuitive navigation experience for everybody.

Lack of independent mobility is one of the most troubling issues that visually impaired people have to face. However, due to the small and exclusive market, electronic aids for them are usually too expensive, difficult to find, and slow to evolve. From a social point of view, most visually impaired people don’t want to use special products either. Function wise, the navigation aids today rely heavily on GUI or audio, which is not ideal for many situations, especially for visually impaired.

I did some very broad and unfocused background research at first, with the help of DHR office Umea, and narrowed down the area I wanted to work with. After ideation with colleagues in school, I tried some very LoFi prototypes to validate the ideas, and went on modifying the design. Due to the time frame, a final working prototype is infeasible. So instead I made a LoFi experience prototype and a story video.

The final proposal is a bracelet with both a haptic and audio interface. It uses the GPS, network capacity and computing power in mobile phone, and simplifies the daily navigation tasks. It is not only simple and intuitive to use, but also a very different experience.

In collaboration with

Project Bee

Umea Municipality
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