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.
Hi MrDon. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to accept the award at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif. in February. They will also get to show off the gadget at the Design News booth.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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