Access+Ability: Wayband by WearWorks (with Audio Description)
This video has audio description for people with limited vision. While most mapping and global positioning systems (GPS) deliver information through graphics or voice, Wayband (http://www.wear.works) gives tactile feedback. When paired with a smartphone navigational app, it guides the wearer to their destination by emitting patterns of vibrations instead of oral cues. Transmitting directions through pulses frees the user to hear other external sound cues, such as traffic or conversation. A sport version of Wayband was worn by blind ultramarathoner, Simon Wheatcroft, in the 2017 NYC Marathon. On view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as part of Access+Ability, from through Sept. 3, 2018.