viSparsh (Haptic belt for visually impaired )
viSparsh is a wearable navigation-device, in the form of a waist belt, which helps visually handicapped persons to move around autonomously. viSparsh is a fusion of two words,"vision"and "sparsh" (touch). Created by young engineers from India, under the Young India Fellowship Program of the University of Pennsylvania USA, and mentored by Prof. Rahul Mangharam, (Director, mLAB, Stephen J. Angello Chair of Electrical & Systems Engg, Dept. of Electrical and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania), this device can be of immense help in a country like India which has a large number of blind persons and low level of resources.
Details of viSparsh can be found at : http://www.visparsh.blogspot.com/
You can also watch a video of viSparsh in action::
The icing on the cake :: ViSparsh uses Linux (Ubuntu 10.10)!
You can contact the visparsh team at :: firstname.lastname@example.org