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Questions about Blind people products

I'm an industrial design student in New Jersey and I doing a research to create a product for blind people, and I have some questions that I can't easily find on the internet, I will appreciate a lot your answers.

Thank you.

These are the questions that I have so far,

Do you own products that are specifically made for blind people and can you describe them what they are?

Have you had any bad experience with products that are made for sighted people can you describe them?

Do you own any kitchenware that helps you on cooking? What are they?

How you identify canned food and microwaveable items?

Do you have a system to organize your clothes?

How do you decide what clothes you are going to wear?

What methods do you use to identify different types of clothing?

Is not walking straight a significant problem?

Do you think a cane with magnet it will be useful somehow?

When using a debit/credit card how you make sure that is your card?

I was reading that some blind people have problems with can openers; do you know why it may be?

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Re: Questions about Blind people products

Technology is now a big part of the society and luckily it is still advancing. It has become an integral part in our life by bringing so much benefits to us.
Relegating the traditional blind man’s walking stick to the past, a recently developed wearable device in the form of a ring seeks to change the way the blind can move around,which is Live Braille Mini.

This mobility device can help a blind person navigate his way by sending haptic feedback or vibrations through the sense of touch. It is the only fully wearable ETA (Electronic Travel Aid) that allows you to simply swipe your hand in the air to know your environment in an instant, spot obstacles and walk much faster.

It is believed to be 100 times better than the best mobility device widely available across the globe.

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A note taker for people who are blind is a device with either a braille or a QWERT keyboard and speech or braille output that allows the person to keep track of information such as contacts, send and receive email, compose and refer to files. It is essentially a personal data assistant very much like a computer only often not as powerful. Book reader can refer to many things. The Library of Congress offers the Talking Book Program where they provide a digital book player and books on cartridges free of charge by mail. Other people refer to video magnifiers or CCTV's as book readers and still others refer to OCR (optical character recognition) devices as book readers. You can learn about all of these devices by visiting VisionAware and looking for reading options under Essential skills.

(This post was edited by the author on 9/23/2014 at 10:58 AM)

Re: Questions about Blind people products

My father just became blind. We are trying to find devices to help him feel more independent, he seems to be a little depressed and want to get him some things that might give him a little cinfidence. Can you tell me the product name of the book reader (he has mentioned plenty of times he misses reading the news paper) and also what is the note taker?

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I'm in the design area also, hope this helps.
You are on the right track, interview Blind and Visually impaired people rather than producing a product from a sighted persons point of view, you will be surprised how different they are. Also try to contact a Mobility and Orientation Specialist, but do not be disheartened by negative opinions, you need to understand all of the opinions and mitigate.

I would suggest a meeting with a cross section of 10 or so Blind and Visually impaired people. Approach the appropriate person whose organisation can arrange such numbers, explain your product to them, don't get downhearted if you are refused, just try to show the next organisation more enthusiasm.

Obviously there are a number of questions left out, as I don't know what the product is.

Good luck.

SURVEY OF---------------

(1) Explanation of the product?
(2) What are your thoughts on the product?
(3) Is there anything you dislike about the product?
(4) Would you like anything else incorporated into the product?
(5) What size would you like this product to be?
(6) What material would you like this product made of?
(7) What color would you like this product to be? (Visually impaired often have problems with certain colors)
(8) What form of communication would you like between the product and you?
(9) Would you like the sensitivity to be adjustable?
(10) What price range would attract you to purchase this product?
(11) In your opinion what is the biggest challenge for this product?
(12) would you be interested in testing this product?

Re: Questions about Blind people products

I have several products for the blind. I have a notetaker as well and a talking calculator. I have a book reader as well. i use a white cane to get around. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me.

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Not walking straight isn't always a problem, as there are many techniques that can help straighten someone out. However, there can be situations where those techniques don't work (such as walking across a large, flat open space without sound cues).

what are your thoughts about adding a magnet to a cane? If it was attaching the cane to a holster or some sort, possibly. For using it to detect things, though, there could be a few issues. For a white cane, you don't NEED to know a manhole cover is made of metal. You just need to know it is there.

You read that blind people may have trouble with can openers... why not give that a try? Take out a few different cans, and try to open them up with a manual can opener. Some of the can openers are trickier to use than others.

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Okay, I'll try to answer as many of these as I can. First off, yes I do own some products specificly for the blind. I own a notetaker, which is a Windows operated device used for notetaking, calculating, and many other purposes. I own a drawing board for making drawings that can be felt, a talking calculator, and more. Most of these products work well, but others still need some work. As far as walking is concerned, not walking in a straight line is not a major concern as there are techniques to help mitigate this problem. I am an organized person where clothes are concerned. I have a color identifier on my Iphone that tells me what color each piece of clothing is. I wasn't born completely blind, but regardless I was still taught what colors go together and which ones don't. If you tell me more about your idea, I can tell you whether or not I think it might work. Each person who is blind will have a different opinion though. If you need any more advise, just let me know. Thanks!

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