Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Jacket Gives Wearer Super Powers
Victor Mateevitsi is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Chicago, and as a project for one of his courses, he created a jacket that gives the wearer “SpiderSense.” The garment is studded with a dozen individual sensors that use ultrasound to detect people and objects up to 60 feet away. The sensor modules also include a haptic feature that vibrates when an obstacle is detected. As the object gets closer, the intensity of the vibration increases. As a result, the wearer can navigate without sight. This can benefit those with impaired vision, but it can also serve those who work in settings where visibility is reduced due to smoke or lack of light.