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March 31, 2020

Sunu Band: Human Echolocation

From the Economist's 1843 magazine:

The Sunu Band is a silicone strap roughly the size of a fitness tracker that emits ultrasound waves.

It senses how far away objects are by measuring how quickly these waves bounce against them and return.

The user receives this information through vibrations: the strap buzzes more the closer objects are.

The band can detect objects the size of a coin from up to 16 feet away.

The inventor, Fernando Albertorio, a sight-impaired entrepreneur based in the U.S., hopes soon to link the device up with Google Maps data and provide vibration-based directions.

For the estimated 285 million visually impaired people worldwide, Sunu offers greater independence.



March 31, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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