The "aim" of this product is to investigate the effects of long-term stimulation with orientation information on humans. In order to do this, the Universität Osnabrück constructed a belt which enables its user to feel his orientation in space via vibrotactile stimulation.
The belt is equipped with a set of vibrators controlled by an electronic compass: the element pointing north is always slightly vibrating. That way, the person wearing the belt gets permanent input about his heading relative to the earth's magnetic field.
It looks like something that RoboCop would have used, but it certainly could be a great tool for the blind in a few years. Use the contact information below to follow its development.
IKW (Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft)