Khaled Shady, with three other computer engineering graduates from Menoufia University in Shebin El-Kom, Egypt has invented a navigational technology called “Musber” to help the blind and the visually impaired, locate and navigate around objects.
Mubser was our team’s graduation project [at Menoufia University] and we decided to take it to the next level to make it a startup to support the millions of blind and visually impaired people. the 23 year-old Egyptian said.
Shady and his Musber team created a wearable device that uses RGB imaging and infrared depth data captured by a 3D depth camera to help people navigate around obstacles, using a system of vibration motors.
This device is also able to identify staircases, doors and chairs and can name these objects to the wearer through a Bluetooth-connected headset.
The idea for this invention was born out of the desire to help a close friend who lost his eyesight in an accident at the age of 15. “So I thought about how I can help him,” Shady said adding that he and his team, are still refining their prototype.
We have given two prototypes to people to use in real life and then we will take their feedback and enhance it, and add it to the next prototype that we are working on.
Shady noted that his dream is to add additional features to the device, so that blind people can imagine their surroundings perfectly.
“It’s about the future for them; that’s how I keep thinking about the platform itself. So in the next five years I see Mubser as being the sixth sense that they depend on.”