My wife has Glaucoma. She cannot see very well in one eye. It is possible she may even lose her eye sight over the years. Now, this could be a condition for a certain percentage our aging population in the world. We are talking about making more User Friendly Habitats and Communities for the Blind and Visually Impaired with all the technology we have already established in the world.

User friendliness begins at home. So let us start with our habitats.


We have seen toy robots following a line using sensors. Very simple and inexpensive and technology. Can be made from off the shelf components and even assembled at home. Could be in the form of a self contained module. Users could strap these to part of their body or walking sticks to follow a line painted or taped around the house. Now since we can do it a home, why not take it to office, the grocery store, library, school, music concerts, side walks, parks, malls and communities. I am going to call this module the linePOD

I have talked about the guidePOD in an earlier article. This is a distance sensing module which can be strapped to parts of our body or walking sticks.

Now we could have competitions for schools, colleges and communities to design various phases of this project.

We could use Google Wave to share and collaborate online on various phases of this project including Design, Manufacturing, Distribution and Service.

It is also possible that Apple or others may incorporate this whole module in their iPOD Nano’s.

We could also ask the Bill Gates foundation to fund it as ongoing research on extensions to the concept.

Who knows we could even run the run the project through a virtual non-profit corporation  run purely by volunteers. We are talking about virtual funding with virtual volunteers.

Looks like Chris Bangle with his talk about the Personal Emotional Mobile at Singapore continues to inspire more lateral thinking.

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