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Necklace, Maptic (Tactile Navigation System)

This is a Necklace. It was designed by Emilios Farrington-Arnas.

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

Its medium is polycarbonate, internal electronics, braided cord.

Maptic is a wearable navigation system for people who are blind. Like jewelry, the collection of devices can be worn like a necklace combined with feedback units clipped onto clothing, or worn around the wrist. Connected to a voice-controlled iPhone app and GPS, haptic vibrations not only guide the wearer, but are able to track obstacles above the knee.

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

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