High School Student Invents Major Innovation for the Visually Impaired

In Nigeria, a high school student developed sensor-equipped glasses for the visually impaired.
High School Student Invents Major Innovation for the Visually Impaired

NO MORE EXTERNAL SUPPORT

Aminu, a senior high school student, aims to enable visually impaired individuals to walk and perform tasks without using a cane or relying on others, through his development of sensor-equipped glasses.

PRECISE GLASSES

These glasses help individuals with vision problems walk freely without a cane. They quickly detect approaching objects and activate an alarm system, consisting of ultrasonic and infrared sensors.

THE BLIND NEIGHBORHOOD

Aminu explained that his neighborhood is known as the “blind neighborhood” due to the high number of visually impaired people. He witnessed firsthand the difficulties they face in walking alone. “There are many visually impaired people in our neighborhood. I embarked on this path to help them. They cannot go outside without someone’s help and struggle greatly with this,” he said.

INDEPENDENCE

Aminu stated that with the sensor-equipped glasses he developed, visually impaired individuals can walk on the road alone without using a cane, relying only on the glasses.

PERFECT WARNING SYSTEM

Aminu highlighted that the glasses are lightweight and easy to use. “The sensor attached to the glasses detects obstacles at a short distance on the road. The sensors send signals upon detecting obstacles, and then an alarm sounds from the speaker,” he explained.

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TWO YEARS OF EFFORT

Aminu completed the glasses within two years. He always wanted to help the visually impaired in his neighborhood, but noted that his work was never easy.

CHALLENGING PROCESS

Aminu emphasized the difficulty he faced, particularly in sourcing materials. “During my work, someone gifted me an ultrasonic sensor, but I had to save money for six months to buy the infrared sensor, and it took time to save up for other materials as well,” he said.

SUPPORT

Aminu pointed out that visually impaired people are everywhere, and thus he wants to produce more glasses to be used widely. He expressed his belief that the glasses he designed would make life easier for visually impaired individuals and called for support to produce more of these glasses.

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