How can design help motivate people who are blind to be physically active? My colleague and I began researching this question after being inspired by Brooke Pernice, a CrossFit athlete who is blind. Three products were prototyped to encourage physical activity through a wide range of users from the home, to the park, to the gym.
Balance is where all physical activity begins. Mate is used for daily balance exercises to receive progress reports and improve body awareness. Navigating outdoor spaces is made easy with Wave. Using haptic feedback, Wave can detect objects nearby and alert the user. In the gym, Ergo is used as a voice-controlled extension of indoor rower machines. Ergo speaks to the user to track progress and give live updates.