Created at German University
Created by Michael ZÃ¶llner and Stephan Huber from the University of Konstanz in Germany, the system utilizes a Kinect camera mounted on the helmet of a visually impaired user. It was done as part of their NAVI project (Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired), and shows how a little ingenuity can create a hacked Kinect that helps people.
Slightly Unsightly, but Effective
The device works by attaching the Kinect camera to a belt with three vibration motors at the left, right and center of the user.Â According to MSNBC, the user also wears an earpiece to get audio clues.Â It's all connected to a laptop in a backpack. While not the sleekest of designs, it is highly effective and could easily be modified commercially into a more user-friendly package.
The students did provide a video demonstration of the Kinect's usage, as seen here. By taking a commercially available gaming system, these students have created a tool that could be used for millions of visually impaired people worldwide.Â And who said gaming was a waste of time?