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These Smartshoes Help the Blind Navigate City Streets

Wearable technology is a busy buzzword these days, but some of the coolest inventions take the idea well beyond some gadget that lets you read email on your wrist. Wearable technology can actually be life-changing for some people. Consider, for instance, what these shoes can do for the blind. Read More >>

design
How Braille Was Invented

Braille was invented by a nineteenth century man named Louis Braille, who was completely blind. Braille's story starts when he was three years old, and playing in his father's shop in Coupvray, France, where he somehow managed to injure his eye. Read More >>

science
Crazy Brain Implants Give Cyborg Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Lets Them "Touch" Light

It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras senses for fun. Read More >>

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How Blind People Use Instagram

Tommy Edison, the positively radiant blind film critic, is back to explain how a blind person uses everybody's favourite instant photo sharing service: Instagram. He's explained how he used his iPhone before and what colour meant to him but his use of Instagram might be the most impressive thing yet. Reminder: Tommy Edison has been blind since birth and yet, his pictures are as good as yours! His captions are hilarious! He hashtags! Seriously, check out how he uses Instagram above and take a peek at his Instagram feed here. Instafollow. Read More >>

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What Colour Means to Blind People

Tommy Edison, the wonderful blind film critic who once showed us how he used an iPhone, has a new video describing something nearly impossible for blind people to understand: colour. What's great is that even though Edison doesn't understand the concept of colour, colours still have meaning to him. Watch him describe what red, blue, orange, black and white. It's awesome to see colour from such a completely different perspective. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

wtf
Blind Man Tasered By Police Because They Thought His White Cane Was a Samurai Sword

Poor old Colin Farmer, a blind stroke victim who wields a white cane to feel his way along the path like many visually impaired people, was just minding his own business when he was seemingly set upon by police. After shouting at him, they tasered him to the ground, and cuffed him, mistaking said innocent white cane for a lethal weapon. Read More >>

art
Self-Portrait Drawing Machine Lets the Hopelessly Unartistic Sketch Themselves

If your attempts at art usually end up looking more at home on the fridge than a fine gallery, you might want to see if artists Kyle McDonald and Matt Mets will let you use their wonderful Self-Portrait machine which doesn't require a lick of talent. Read More >>

police
The Police Saved a Blind Woman's Invisible Writing

Trish Vickers is a woman who went blind seven years ago because of diabetes. Instead of complaining, she's been writing—yes, literally writing—a book. Recently, however, she lost 26 pages of her novel because she didn't realise the pen she was using had run out of ink. Read More >>

science
Miracle Worker Glove Helps Deaf and Blind People Communicate

It would have been much easier for Anne Sullivan to get Helen Keller to spell out "water" with this innovative mitten. The Mobile Lorm Glove allows people who are deaf and blind to communicate by transmitting tactile signals to their hands. Read More >>

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A Blind Man Is Driving This Car

This is Steve. 95 per cent of his vision is gone, yet he's driving a car. Except he's not really driving it; he's behind the wheel of Google's driverless car. Read More >>

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives Good Commentary (and Continues to Make DVDs Relevant)

There are two theories at work here. A) Arnold doesn't quite understand what the purpose of a commentary track is, or B) He is actually narrating Total Recall for blind people. Either way, it's friggin' hilarious. Read More >>

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