Thea is a concept for an artificially-intelligent, on-the-go navigation assistant for the blind and visually-impaired. Using the continuous positioning abilities that 5G wireless technology will enable, Thea understands the most effective way to get around and guides users accordingly. As a system, Thea communicates granular directionality through a set of wearable haptic pads and a voice-activated user interface. By first interpreting natural speech, Thea then provides non-intrusive audio and tactile feedback. Ultimately, Thea helps people with vision impairments to overcome mobility challenges and empowers them to more confidently navigate their world.
The concept is the result of a 10-week research and development project completed by the intern team at Moment / Verizon in summer 2018.
To learn more about Thea, visit: momentdesign.com/thea/