This Headset Uses Sound To Navigate Blind People Through Cities

Using substitute senses for visually impaired people isn't a new idea — even putting aids into hi-tech glasses isn't new. But this project takes things a step further, piping in relevant information straight into the wearer's skull. » 11/06/14 11:00pm 11/06/14 11:00pm

These Five Ideas for Smarter Cities Just Won Millions in Funding

Ever since he left his post as the ban-happy mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg has been very busy taking his urban revitalization show on the road. Today, his philanthropy announced the winners of his annual Mayors Challenge, with five bright ideas for cities addressing issues from aging to civic engagement. » 9/19/14 4:20pm 9/19/14 4:20pm

How a Blind Photographer Practices His Art

Brenden Borrellini has been deaf and blind his entire life. He's also been an unstoppable explorer and student. He picked up a camera at an arts center one day on a lark, but the joke soon turned into a serious pursuit with beautiful results. Australia's Open Tropical North brings us this mini documentary on Brendan's… » 7/26/14 11:00am 7/26/14 11:00am

Watching a human navigate like a bat is impressive

Daniel Kish, who lost his eyesight to cancer, is now an expert in echolocation - the technique that a bat uses to navigate at night. This is why he is sometimes known as the real life Batman - although Daredevil would be more accurate. Using these skills Daniel is able to enjoy independence and freedom from many of… » 5/07/14 12:46am 5/07/14 12:46am

These Smartshoes Help the Blind Navigate City Streets

Wearable technology is a pretty busy buzzword these days, but some of the coolest inventions take the idea well beyond some gadget that lets you read email on your wrist. Wearable technology can actually be life-changing for some people. Consider, for instance, what these shoes can do for the blind. » 3/04/14 3:20pm 3/04/14 3:20pm

These Synthesia Glasses Help Blind People “See” Via Sonar

People who have been blind since a young age can sometimes learn to develop a sort of low-grade echolocation. This technique, used by the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap, and Ben Underwood, works much the same way as it does in bats and dolphins. But people who have just recently lost their sight… » 7/12/13 11:30am 7/12/13 11:30am

Crazy Brain Implants Give Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Let Them "Touch"…

It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras… » 2/14/13 10:57am 2/14/13 10:57am

How Blind People Use Instagram

Tommy Edison, the positively radiant blind film critic, is back to explain how a blind person uses everybody's favorite instant photo sharing service: Instagram. He's explained how he used his iPhone before and what color meant to him but his use of Instagram might be the most impressive thing yet. Reminder: Tommy… » 1/03/13 10:00pm 1/03/13 10:00pm

What Color Means to Blind People

Tommy Edison, the wonderful blind film critic who once showed us how he used an iPhone, has a new video describing something nearly impossible for blind people to understand: color. What's great is that even though Edison doesn't understand the concept of color, colors still have meaning to him. Watch him describe… » 12/06/12 10:00pm 12/06/12 10:00pm

Self-Portrait Drawing Machine Lets the Hopelessly Unartistic Sketch…

If your attempts at art usually end up looking more at home on the fridge than a fine gallery, you might want to see if artists Kyle McDonald and Matt Mets will let you use their wonderful Self-Portrait machine which doesn't require a lick of talent. » 6/04/12 10:00am 6/04/12 10:00am

How a Blind Man Uses the iPhone

Tommy Edison, the joyous blind film critic, can't see. But that doesn't stop him from using an iPhone 4S. In fact, thanks to Siri and some of the Accessibility features, he can check out YouTube videos, write Tweets and do everything you do. » 4/16/12 7:00pm 4/16/12 7:00pm

The Police Saved a Blind Woman's Invisible Writing

Trish Vickers is a woman who went blind seven years ago because of diabetes. Instead of complaining, she's been writing—yes, literally writing—a book. Recently, however, she lost 26 pages of her novel because she didn't realize the pen she was using had run out of ink. » 4/12/12 1:00pm 4/12/12 1:00pm

Miracle Worker Glove Helps Deaf and Blind People Communicate

It would have been much easier for Anne Sullivan to get Helen Keller to spell out "water" with this innovative mitten. The Mobile Lorm Glove allows people who are deaf and blind to communicate by transmitting tactile signals to their hands. » 4/06/12 1:40pm 4/06/12 1:40pm

A Blind Man Is Driving This Car

This is Steve. 95% of his vision is gone. He's blind. And he's behind the wheel of this car, travelling perfectly across his neighborhood. It's an amazing feat. A technological miracle. » 3/28/12 5:00pm 3/28/12 5:00pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives Good Commentary (and Continues to Make DVDs…

There are two theories at work here. A) Arnold doesn't quite understand what the purpose of a commentary track is, or B) He is actually narrating Total Recall for blind people. Either way, it's friggin' hilarious. (very slightly NSFW) » 11/20/11 5:59pm 11/20/11 5:59pm

Drug Could Let The Hereditary Blind See

There's a terrible hereditary eye disease called Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy that affects men in their twenties. It's a mitochondrial disease inherited from your mother that leads to total blindness within six months of onset. » 7/29/11 1:48am 7/29/11 1:48am

An iPhone App That Identifies Currency for Blind People

If you've traveled abroad, perhaps you noticed that different denomination bills had different physical sizes, a design intended to allow people—especially the blind and visually impaired—to distinguish how much a bill was worth just by touching it. American currency has not followed this lead! LookTel Money Reader… » 3/10/11 3:20pm 3/10/11 3:20pm