In this modern era, communication has made its own way enhancing newly released gadgets with special features. However, most of these known technologies are designed for people without disabilities, and a few only mean for impaired individuals specifically the deaf and the blind.
It’s good to know that there are groups that cater the needs of the deaf and blind people. Design Research Lab aims to close the gap between technological innovations and what the impaired people might need.
They are currently developing the Mobile Lorm Glove, a mobile communication and translation device for people with hearing and sight impairment. They based it on Lorm, a universal form of communication that used by the deaf and the blind.
The glove translates the Lorm into text and vice versa. The device features textile pressure sensors which the wearers can access to compose text messages using Lorm.
The composed message will be transmitted to the user’s phone via Bluetooth and afterwards the message will be forwarded to desired receivers. The glove user can also receive messages and he can feel small vibrations from the back of the glove if there is a message for him. Tactile feedback patterns will allow the user to know what the message is all about.
As early as now, the Mobile Lorm Glove already allowed communication over distance for the deaf and the blind. As the product continues to develop, this will be used for learning and schooling using the forms of audio books and e-books as well.