I make 4 my city : A magic mat for the blind

 

Project
A magic mat for the blind

FabLab Defko Ak Niep - Dakar  

A musical mat encouraging fun physical activity for the blind: moving by following sounds, allowing them to have fun, take part in sport and avoid isolation.

Who & what?
2 young people aged 20 and 25 decided to help isolated people who are blind, particularly those who have lost their sight recently and who are located in centres and hospitals near to the FabLab. The mat that they have designed and created makes use of the players’ hearing, by dancing to a routine depending on the sounds being played.

Why?
It is impossible to practise sport when you are visually impaired in Dakar and very difficult to take up physical activity or rehabilitation in these conditions.
This mat overcomes this obstacle by using sound to encourage movement. It is interactive and fun and therefore more stimulating.

How?
The carpet has 4 sensors, pressure buttons and 4 speakers positioned in a cross shape. The player stands in the centre and places their foot where the sound is playing. The sounds link together, and encouraging sounds are played to congratulate them for completing different levels of routine. Beyond the design and programming work at the FabLab, the 2 young people used laser cutting and a 3D printer for manufacturing.

 

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