Shashank Sharma and his team have developed a backpack to aid visually-impaired users. The backpack, called BackMap, uses an app to input the location you’re trying to get to and then Raspberry Pi-powered motors attached to the straps vibrate to tell you which direction to turn. The project came out of TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s 2017 hackathon. It is expected that the same system can be used for internal spaces using beacons, allowing users to navigate huge spaces such as conference venues.
Each Friday is PiDay here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products. Adafruit has the largest and best selection of Raspberry Pi accessories and all the code & tutorials to get you up and running in no time!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.