Virtual reality walking stick tutors blind people to cross roads | New Scientist

You no longer need to be able to see to enjoy virtual reality. A walking cane that simulates the feeling of real objects is letting people who are blind explore digital simulations.

People who lose their sight require extensive training to learn how to navigate the world safely. This can be daunting, especially when it involves risky scenarios like crossing busy roads.

To address this, Meredith Morris at Microsoft and her colleagues invented a “canetroller” that helps people familiarise themselves with new environments in safe, virtual spaces.

Microsoft’s “canetroller” offers vibrating feedback in a virtual environment, letting people who are blind experience digital simulations of risky scenarios.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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