The stigma of blindness affects people psychologically and often leads to decreased social and self-acceptance. The disability is exacerbated in the case of visually challenged people belonging to the lower economic strata – those who cannot afford expensive technologies designed for the blind people. In our era of technological advancements and innovations, is there a solution to the plight of visually challenged people? Indeed, there is!
Keen observation was doneto identify the conventional walking methods of the visually impaired. Majority of them around >80% use hoover canes whilst the rest were dependent on echolocation, guiding dogs, personal assistance etc... Therefore, we realized that there is no significant and economical technology available to cater to the needs of the visually impaired. With that thought in mind, we invented TAPARCH that works on the principle of "Sense of Touch", and lets the user identify the distance and dimension of the obstacle ahead with ease.
Footwear facilitating easy & faster mobility of visually disabled
Assistive tactile technology facilitating easy & faster mobility of visually disabled complementing Hoover canes
Taparch, awarded as one of the top innovations of the Country India, 2014.