Samsung’s Ultrasonic Smartphone Case Helps The Visually Impaired Sense Their Surroundings

The smartphone case emits a high-frequency sound to detect people and objects up to two meters away.

Samsung’s Ultrasonic Smartphone Case Helps The Visually Impaired Sense Their Surroundings
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Samsung has developed a smartphone case that helps the visually impaired by enhancing their awareness of their surroundings. The Ultrasonic Cover for its Galaxy Core Advance smartphone helps owners sense the presence of people and objects up to two meters away.


The cover includes a number of physical buttons to aid disabled users. The Ultrasonic Cover emits a high-frequency sound, listening for the sound wave that bounces back. When it detects a nearby object, the phone lets the smartphone owner know by sending a vibration alert or text-to-speech notification. In some sense, it’s almost like the case can see for its owner.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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