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June 8th, 2005 #1
IDM - #003: S.E.E. Device.
S.E.E. - Seeing-Eye Electronics
In the near future, Electronic devolpement will be more focused on human aid instead of entertainment. One of these electronic aids tackles the handicap of blindness. The design of this aid will have to be both functional and convenient to the user.
The S.E.E Devices will be issued from hospital, not retail stores, so the "visuals" of the device will not be the main "selling" point of the design.
The guidelines are:
- Must be portable.
- Must be convenient.
- Must tackle the handicap of blindness in some way.
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Post your Designs for this month, and have fun!
Last edited by Fozzybar; June 26th, 2005 at 05:18 PM.
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Natural Eye by S.E.E. - Restore Your sight Without Setting Yourself Apart
closer, but still a wip. I'm doing this along the lines of an advertisement
Natural Eye by S.E.E.
The idea behind this is simple -- people with devices meant to overcome problems usually want to look like everyone else, not a cyborg. Beyond that, a device can and should aim to be compact without large battery packs or interfaces stored elsewhere on the body. Natural Eye attaches to your existing muscle structure allowing free movement, and the innovative junction connector allows for seamless unity between the optic nerve and the True Sight processor. Lenses w/ motors controlled by natural muscle impulses means focusing is as intuitive as ever. The cornea can be removed easily on an outpatient basis allowing for easy maintenance/recharge visits every ten years or so. Restore Your sight Without Setting Yourself Apart!
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June 8th, 2005 #3
Echo Location viewing system.
Technology based on bat hunting skills. By using sonartechnology, a mini processor creates a digital map of the environment and uses dopler effect to detect motion. The Images are transferred to the optic nerve giving blind people the possibility to see a surrounding in grayscale. They still can hear normal sounds because the ear part switches between normal- and high-frequency-detection very fast.
The person can deactivate both detection systems individualy which gives him the ability to relax his eyes/ears when he wants to sleep or rest.
The device will be available in different cool models...
damn June 30 = my last exam (electronics)
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June 8th, 2005 #4
June 8th, 2005 #5
hey people, i saw somthing on this in popular science just yesterday so i adopted some of their ideas.
ICCU stands for I can see you.
The chip eyepeice is loaded into a peice of strong gause like material made from a kevlar and polyester mix. the camera is very small but as the subtext states, its a temporary meassure given out by the hospital so that the person can function. people who want better sight will have to dol out the cash at some luxury goods shop. there are no wiers to mess things up an the processors are mounted outside the body to stop the heat from killing off tissue.
when the user of the ICCU looks at say, a cat, the camera takes the image and sends it to the lapel transpoder. the transponder sets the resolution to 150 px and sends it on a different frequency to the electrodes.
if another user was to walk by, the lapel mounted transponder would immediatly change frequencies. much like a car door opener.
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June 9th, 2005 #6
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Introducing the enw Elppa (Electronics Lifting People's Physical abilities) iEye, a new breed in S.E.E. Hardware. It is a basic Sonar device that alerts the user when an object is near, using up to 16 directional speakers (when headphones are not used). The intensity of the sound depends on the distance of the object. Usually used with headphones.
Obviously not designed for neatness on my part, but simplicity (Apple tradition) and functionality.
June 20th, 2005 #8
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sketched out some ideas for this last night and figured i'd post them this month.
Surgical advancements and breakthroughs in synthetic organs have so far been unable to create a successful eye for humans born blind. However, suitable advancements have been made to allow this system of supplimentary senses.
The unit is in three main parts, the largest being the 'peripheral' vibration plate implant on to the outer surface of the ribs just under the skin, implanted optical sensors fitted to the users eye sockets and a smaller vibration plate mounted in the back of the users throat.
A small control and diagnostic interface is mounted under the right or left arm and the power pack is concealed in the abdomen. The unit is charged while the user sleeps using induction coils mounted in a fitted belt.
The large vibration plate emits high frequency sound when the user activates the device and the sound waves bounce off local objects and the implanted optical sensors collect the reflected waves and use the information to stimulate the optic nerves. This gives the user a monochrome 'ghostly' image of their immediate surroundings. To gain more detail, the user can open their mouth slightly to release the ultra high frequency vibrations from the 'focus' plate in the throat, these shorter wavelength signals allow the user to see far more surface detail, from facial features to some users able to appreciate oil paintings and sculpture.
The sensors are covered in an organic jelly giving them the appearance of a regular eye so there is little stygma attached to the system, although some users are being labelled 'fishies' due to the required opening of the mouth in front of people.
The waves emitted are inaudible to the human ear but users are strongly encouraged stay away from some animals and due to the risks of tissue damage from contant vibrations, it is suggested that the patient slowly works up to full power and various techniques are being developed to use the mouth shape to focus the UHF waves even more accurately to give even higher detail.
June 25th, 2005 #10
I was working on something that projected images into the brain however I changed tack after looking at Ni*'s (cool concept) and trying to simplify the tech side of it. So here's what I'm working on presently:
The idea is that the vest puts varying amount of pressure on the chest and/or the back after receiving 3D info from the headset. The depth sensitivity of this may be altered for outdoor and indoor use (much like a volume knob). The power pack is flat against the back. The knob will probably be on the headset and the headset can be packed away in a compartment/pocket of the vest.
June 28th, 2005 #11
I noticed a couple of the entries rely on sound. If you're going to just use the sound to create impulses that stimulate the optic nerve anyhow, why not just do the same using visual information captured with an imaging device? They'd both be doing the same thing except the stimulation from the imaging device would better translate since sound waves are notorious for bouncing in funky ways off of different materials and are just plain more difficult to work with. Sure, light gets funky too, but funky in the ways that vision is built to handle.
June 28th, 2005 #12
Craig I was thinking the same thin for a long time, if can send digital images formed by sound it could as well use a camera to send the images but when we would base our concepts on a camera we probably all came up with the same SEE device. A millimetric radar,infra red and x-ray vision would have been even better looking thru clothes and walls.
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I get the points about the use of sound and you are right that sounds (and any other energy) wavelengths can cause constructive and destructive interference (stand between 2 stereo speakers and walk away and you will hear louder and queter spots) and yeah, the longer a wavelength, the more it will distort and the more detail will be lost.
I tackled this problem from a slightly 'sci-fi' slant and deliberately avoiding the camera eyes idea, and i tried to think of existing animal solutions to the navigation and senses problem, since thats the source for a large percentage of design problems, nature does it best. Another thing i had in my mind with this is that existing solutions to physical human problems and most, be they surgical or prosthetic, always fall short of a complete replacement organ or limb so the user has to work around it or develope new techniques.
i did toy with the idea of converting the biggest organ into a sensor so the skin would become like a huge 3D eye, but thats a bit beyond my field of industrial design and can you imagine actually seeing out your own arse!??
anyway good points, and thats my explanation of the background to my concept, 2 days for some more entries, this part of the forum should be buzzing. next month, i'm doing this properly on A3 paper with a fineliner and a few markers :-D