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I Want One of Those: Infrared Navigator for the Blind

Five students created a wearable infrared obstacle detector to help the visually impaired. Their prototype was designed to be inconspicuous, quiet, durable, and power-efficient, with a range of 1.5 meters and a low $30 price tag. Inventors Mncedisi Sikhondze ’11, Harold Dansu ’12, and dual-degree students Irina Cazan, Ermira Murati, and Qingyi Wang won the Phillip R. Jackson Award for outstanding performance in ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering. Their teaching assistant was Christian Ortiz ’11.

SEEING-EYE BELT: Qingyi Wang models the Infrared Navigator for the Blind. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.
SEEING-EYE BELT: Qingyi Wang models the Infrared Navigator for the Blind. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.

Categories: The Great Hall, I Want One of Those

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