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Mubser - A wearable belt that assists the blind and visually impaired

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-05-11 16:20

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Together with three other computer engineering graduates from Menoufia University in Egypt’s Shebin El-Kom, a wearable device was created that uses RGB imaging and infrared depth data captured by a 3D depth camera to assist individuals to navigate around obstacles using a system of vibration motors. The device is also able to recognise staircases, doors and chairs and can name these objects to the wearer through a Bluetooth-connected headset. Mubser was their team’s graduation project at Menoufia University and they decided to take it to the next level to make it a startup to support the millions of blind and visually impaired people.

His vision is to add more features to the device so that blind individuals can accurately imagine all their surroundings.

He thinks that it is important his device is affordable, especially in Africa and other developing regions where there is a greater need for affordable solutions that support the blind. Last year Shady was one of the finalists for the Anzisha Prize, a competition that recognises and celebrates African entrepreneurs under the age of 22 who are using entrepreneurship to solve problems in their communities. In this way, a door was opened for Mubser and helped connect the startup with mentors and investors in the African market.

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About the author

Khaled Shady born in Egypt, in 1992, developed Mubser, a wearable belt that assists the blind and visually impaired to identify and navigate around everyday objects.
Shady’s inspiration came from wanting to help a close friend who lost his eyesight in an accident at the age of 15.

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