BView

Viewing with the touch

Tactile Vision Scientific Project


Medikos collaborate as a technological partner to distribute a social blind product that helps blind people to be integrated in our society viewing through the touch.

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BView is a platform consisting on hardware devices (like a Portable Tactile Vision System scientifically proven) and Software modules that reduces limitations that people may have in their lives due to their physical or mental conditions. The aim of the platform BView is to help people visually impaired to integrate into society.

The complex mixture of scientific knowledge, technology, sociological and pedagogical features allow carrying out a challenge to humans: integrate children with visual disabilities to be integrated into school programs. The goal is to teach children with severe visual impairment or blindness to interpret and understand the environment autonomously to get them to integrate naturally with their classmates.The concept is based on transmitting through a built-in goggles blind person camera, the received image to an array of dynamic points that trace format highlight the image to encourage the person to recognize their environment through passive touch.

The core learning process of BView is divided in three different phases: the first one is based in "Stimulation" Students receive passive tactile stimulation through the tactile stimulator in order to identify his environment, the second is base in the student's "Feelings" Students feel the stimuli through the touch and process and learn in his brain the process acquired from the stimulation phase, then the last is integrating the information and is called "Perceiving" Students organize the sensation and provide them with a meaning and are ready to recognize shapes and features.

 

To be part of the program, you only need to have this two admission's criterias:

  • To be a Severe visual impairment (total or functional blind)
  • and To be a Students between 4-14 Years Old (K-8)
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    The Brain Process

    Cortex activation by long-term repetitive tactile stimulation is necessary for object recognition. Repeated tactile stimulation in blind people will increase the number of synaptic connections in the parieto- occipital areas of the brain that will help them recognize their environment.

    Overall, studies on sensory substitution to achieve instant recognition of images or written text without visual perception began back in the 70 (patent US3594823 by Paul Bach-y-Rita). Sensory substitution means to transform the characteristics of one sensory modality into stimuli of another sensory modality. Success in this task has been achieved thanks to the knowledge that today exists of:

    • The ability of the brain neuronal plastic that generates neural connections between primary somatosensory areas and secondary and tertiary areas of visual association of cognitive functions based on tactile stimulation, which is called neuroplasticity.
    • The brain organization that facilitates the representation of personal space, the more complex representation of peripersonal space representation and the memorization of tactile neurons, both the personal and the peripersonal space by sensory brain areas, the high degree of effectiveness of touch to determine the position and morphology of the objects.
    • The ability to associate different types of stimulation, modulation of tactile information and the exact location of objects by touch recognition

     

    A sensory substitution system generally consists of three parts: a sensor, a coupling system, and a stimulator. The sensor records stimuli and gives them to a coupling system which interprets these signals and transmits them to a stimulator.

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