VibroVision is a vest that enables vision impaired users to experience their surroundings by vibratory actuation on the belly. A person can feel a depth image of what is in front of them. A Asus Xtion depth camera mounted on the chest captures the area in front of a person. This is translated into PWM values to control an array of vibration motors. Each vibration motor represents a pixel of the downscaled image, and the intensity of the vibration displays how far away on object at this position is.

This project was formerly called OpenVNAVI and was developed by David.

In a first step, we made the vest more reliable for demonstrations and started to develop a toolkit to allow maker to easily rebuild the vest. The first ideas and results can be found at here on our website and in this instructable.

A first glance on the description of the next generation can be found here on our website



This project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of their Open Photonics call (Personal Photonics, 13N14065).


Jan Thar

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