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Independent mobility to the blind and visually impaired using wearable remote touch sensing technology

Project description

Wearables unlock greater autonomy for blind people

Millions of blind or visually impaired people in the EU use a cane or seeing-eye dog to help get around. The EIC project 7Sense is going one step further to provide a solution for safe and independent mobility for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The ability to interact with the surrounding environment is also top priority. The project’s patented technology consists of a wearable headband comprising a proprietary haptic device (array of physical pixels) and a 3D capture camera offering the user a superhuman sense of touch, allowing them to see and be free. The innovation captures the physical world in real time and brings it to the users’ forehead through the sense of touch.

Objective

7Sense™ is a unique innovation that can empower 290 Million blind and visually impaired people to safely achieve independent mobility in indoor and outdoor spaces, and to interact with the surrounding environment and people – no remote or physical assistance, no dog, no cane. 7Sense gives a superhuman sense of touch, enabling them to see and be free. The patented technology comes in the form of a wearable headband comprising a proprietary haptic device (array of physical pixels) and a 3D capture camera. 7Sense captures the physical world in real-time and conveys it to the users’ forehead through the sense of touch. The prototype (TRL6) has already collected positive feedback from the Chairman of the Estonian Blind Union who lost complete sight at age 13 – ‘For once I was blind, now I can see. This changes everything’. The company has the technical know-how, strategic alliances, and management and business experience to create and deliver the solution effectively and at scale.

Coordinator

SEVENTH SENSE OU
Net EU contribution
€ 2 235 926,88
Address
HARJU MAAKOND, MUSTAMAE LINNAOSA, S
13412 TALLINN
Estonia

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Eesti Eesti Põhja-Eesti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 3 194 181,25