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Wayband, 2017

This is a Wayband. It was designed by WearWorks and Yangyang Wang.

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

It is dated 2017. Its medium is resin, steel, pla.

While most mapping and global positioning systems (GPS) deliver information through graphics or voice, Wayband gives tactile feedback. When paired with a smartphone navigational app, it guides the wearer to their destination by emitting patterns of vibrations instead of oral cues. Transmitting directions through pulses frees the user to hear other external sound cues, such as traffic or conversation. A sport version of Wayband was worn by blind ultramarathoner, Simon Wheatcroft, in the 2017 NYC Marathon.

It is credited Courtesy of WearWorks.

  • Cane With Microscope
  • H x diam.: 88.8 x 2.9 cm (34 15/16 x 1 1/8 in.).
  • Gift of John B. Scholz in memory of Walter Scholz.
  • 1987-97-9-a/f

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 10.2 × 3.8 × 7.6 cm (4 in. × 1 1/2 in. × 3 in.)

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

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