“Being told that you have a lifelong, incurable eyesight problem is a terrifying prospect, one that is very difficult to come to terms with,” said designer Emilios Farrington-Arnas when talking about his newly invented wearable device.
The Maptic, a voice-controlled navigation system, is the designer’s way of helping blind people navigate and make strenuous tasks simple, like traveling to work every day. It is a set that includes a trendy visual sensor that can be used as a necklace, and a few other sensors that can also be worn around the wrist or clipped onto clothes. It is connected to an iPhone app which allows the user to take advantage of the GPS through voice controls.
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Farrington-Arnas, himself a member of a family with a history of poor eyesight, is a graduate of Brunel University’s industrial design BA program. His experiences have led him to create something out of his chosen profession to quash the limits that society has insisted upon the visually impaired.