A teacher and three students from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) have developed an auxiliary bracelet, that will aid visually impaired people in the use of public transport, called “Snap N’Stop”.
The scientist, Sofía Alejandra Luna Rodríguez, developed the bracelet together with Karla González, María del Rocío Torres, and Arnulfo Elizondo, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design.
She said that: “We want these people to be independent. What we did first was to approach this group of people with visual disabilities and their answer we received is that they feel excluded, they don’t feel part of society,”
The UANL professor said that “this bracelet intends to help them become self-sufficient and not depend on someone else 100% and be able to carry out their daily activities.”
In 2016, the bracelet pilot program was implemented by the group of students together with Luna Rodríguez, with help from 12 people with visual disabilities.
“The bracelet was developed hand in hand with their advice, we presented possible solutions, and they also advised us,” said Luna Rodriguez.
She said that for its proper functioning, the bracelet was subjected to distance reflex tests to establish the perfect size, reflective material and an ideal cover that highlights the brightness and allows the driver to know if someone is requesting a taxi.
“It was about generating a simple product at a low cost so people can easily acquire it. The investment is minimal and its life is very long”, explained the teacher.
She emphasized that the idea is that it should be cheap, not replaceable and simple, with a minimum cost for the benefit of users.
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