Here is the idea.
You have people who are vision impaired walking around with a walking cane/stick that they wave side to side to help judge where and what objects might be in their way.
Seriously? Is this the best we can do with all of our technology, innovation, and wits? A stick?!
No. Here is what I think, let’s get Nike and (or whatever tech company) to pair up (since they have in the past) and create a shoe that is equipped with a sort of sonar mechanism.
The shoe would be able to sense incoming obstacles, changes in elevation, texture, what have you. Basically what the stick can do and then some.
The DualShock (found in your Playstation controllers) would then come into play when the sonar senses a change or something approaching. A little rumble would make the vision-impaired person aware, and they can react/act accordingly. Rumble at the toes means a step is approaching. Rumble on the ball of your foot means a wall. Rumble on the arch means texture has changed. So on and so forth…
This requires an increase to the sensitivity on the soles of one’s feet but I think overall, this would be a great idea to incorporate types of technology we have to finally replace a technology we’ve had since cave man times.
Let the shoes tell the wearer what is coming, no different than when your Volvo let’s you know that you are about to rear-end someone.
This could work.
That’s my idea for the day – who says it couldn’t happen?