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Vision Aid, BrainPort Vision Pro, 2017

This is a Vision Aid. It was designed by Wicab Inc..

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Wicab Inc. as part of Access+Ability.

It is dated 2017. Its medium is polycarbonate plastic, cables.

BrainPort is based on the proposition that one sees with the brain, not with the eyes. Embedded in the headset is a camera, a surrogate “eye,” that translates the shapes of things in the physical world into vibrations that can be felt through a device placed on the user’s tongue. With practice, one can learn to interpret the vibrating patterns and actually start to see.

It is credited Lent by Wicab, Inc., Middleton, WI.

  • Watch (USA), ca. 1981
  • plastic, electronic components, metal.
  • Gift of Entertainment Systems of America.
  • 1983-7-1

Our curators have highlighted 14 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Path Feel, 2014
  • electronic components, printed circuit board, foam.
  • Purchased by the museum for the exhibition.
  • s-e-2652

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7.6 × 27.9 × 20.3 cm (3 × 11 × 8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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