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This incredible futuristic suit helps the blind ‘see’ the world around them

Most people have got that one piece of clothing that they secretly think has slightly magical powers.

A lucky tie for the big interview, maybe a particular set of undercrackers for when you feel particularly amorous, your favourite band t-shirt that always makes at least one person recognise you for the indie-culture icon that you unassumingly are.

Well that’s cute, but how about a suit that could guide you, blindfolded, through an invisible maze? Yeah, it’s time to talk about Sarotis.

What we’re looking at here is a project based upon the potential 3D technology might have. Sarotis is described by the creators as “If 3D vision technologies turn out to be as successful as their 2D predecessors, we should expect 70% of the world’s population capable of scanning, storing and analysing their environments.

Our project began with the question, how could this technology change the way we see and interact with the world around us?”

Sarotis wearable being demonstrated

Taking that into account then, that the people behind the project have begun to experiment with wearable tech that can essentially analyse its physical environment and provide feedback to the wearer. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tech, blindfolded users were asked to navigate an invisible maze and then later redraw the maze from memory.

The other side of this project is Project Tango, a Google-backed development dedicated to 3D augmented reality applications, essentially software that will use your device as an interface and then feed data back to the user. According to this breakdown on Trusted Reviews Tango, which has been in development since 2014, works on the following three levels;

  • Motion Tracking-using sensors to ensure that the device can understand its own position and orientation
  • Depth Perception-in this case used to understand the shape and size of the surroundings
  • Area Learning-using the other two aspects to map out an area and then storing the data
  • Close up of the Sarotis wearable - on neck

    If you want to see an adorably excitable man discussing what this kind of tech might mean for mobile gaming, then head over here . As suggested both by Satoris themselves and by this write up of a recent demonstration by Archpaper , one of the most obvious and indeed important potential uses is as a navigational aid for people afflicted with visual impairments.

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