GPS in a Hand Disk

This one’s for those of you who have low or no visibility with the eyes. Blind, sometimes people say. This is what’s known as the “DROP” GPS system, and it’s all hand-held. It uses the 3D dots you might be used to calling braille, here known more as Tactile Display technology, and it all works in conjunction with things such as a cane or seeing eye dog sometimes used by the blind. Smooth sailing on an abstract device.

It’d be interesting to try’n use one of these, blind or sightful, The 3D map of the city is lifted up from the surface of the device and moves as you move, like a compass and with zoom, search, voice command, and everything. All in your palm.

BONUS: I suggest an alternate means marketing this device – as a very sophisticated game of treasure hunter! For grown up kids.

Designer: Allan Sejer Madsen and Lukasz Natkaniec

DROP GPS device for the blind by Allan Sejer Madsen and Lukasz Natkaniec

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34 Comments

  • Carsten says:

    Well – how do you know if you’re holding it right?
    I see the same problem as with the Apple Puck mouse (also in a circular design): You never know whether it’s facing upright or not. :/

    Good Idea, but I’d change the shape to something … more distinguishable.

  • Nickie says:

    Carsten, the part with the prickly little things (braille) is the map side, and the one with the single smooth lump is the on/off button. one side is smooth the other isnt. simple really…

    Love this concept and the design, very very clever 🙂

    • Carsten says:

      That’s not what I meant. I’m talking about the direction.

      • Lukasz says:

        it doesn’t matter how you hold it, because it always adjusts to the direction you’re walking.
        Just like a compass. So as a result the map is always in the same position.

  • Manalto says:

    Yes, sightless people are called “blind” and the 3D writing is called “braille.” Why so coy about it?

  • Zeatbag says:

    Well, This concept is not bad but i think it is difficult to realize exact place

  • Arthi Vijay says:

    this wud be really useful….

  • David says:

    Lol. Yest sightless people are called blind. PC has really gotten out of hand. I suppose if your not breathing and in a tomb in ground you are not "dead" but "lifeless". Just in case they offend the dead person.

  • David says:

    Lol. Yest sightless people are called blind. PC has really gotten out of hand. I suppose if your not breathing and in a tomb in ground you are not “dead” but “lifeless”. Just in case they offend the dead person.

  • Mary Ellen says:

    When will this be available and where for purchase? Are the looking for blind users to test this product? mem

  • Mary Ellen says:

    When will this be available and where for purchase? Are the looking for blind users to test this product? mem

  • chitom says:

    I know a blind person who has been unable to find this kind of device,Is this theory or real.

  • chitom says:

    I know a blind person who has been unable to find this kind of device,Is this theory or real.

  • Mr. Blind Guy says:

    I hope the instruction booklet comes in braille…

  • Mr. Blind Guy says:

    I hope the instruction booklet comes in braille…

  • Confused says:

    i hate sounding ignorant or just plain stupid… but how does it work… i dont get it? Does the braille change according to where you are? Im so confused… can someone please reply telling me

  • Confused says:

    i hate sounding ignorant or just plain stupid… but how does it work… i dont get it? Does the braille change according to where you are? Im so confused… can someone please reply telling me

  • Paul says:

    Why would a blind person need GPS? I hope they’re not driving!

  • Paul says:

    Why would a blind person need GPS? I hope they’re not driving!

  • katar8 says:

    Well, I'm kind of sick of all these design concepts that will probably never hit the market.

    • Alex says:

      I think on the contrary, this invention is quite real and should be used in high demand, but creator must wait for the right time, often when the market is not ready to accept …

  • Mr.J says:

    very nice one …….i like it becouse it can give hope less people some sort of hope in their life

  • Alex says:

    I think on the contrary, this invention is quite real and should be used in high demand, but creator must wait for the right time, often when the market is not ready to accept …

  • Roman says:

    Wonderful gadget!

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