I was wondering about the end-user's skill level required for using this. My 87 year old mother is legally blind, but with some peripheral vision she makes out shapes and colors. In using this device, does it have to be oriented, or pointed? Or does the sonar naturally point to the ground-? I didn't catch any of the Use-Case instructions.
I think this is a marvelous invention and one (obviously) that can help a great number of people. I'm a little embarrassed I have never thought of a device such as this since I have a great friend who is partially blind and depends upon a cane and a seeing-eye dog. Again, great "gadget". I certainly hope it can be successfully commercialized.
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