Introduction: Vision Shoe (Shoe for the Blind)

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Hello, today we will be creating a shoe for the visually impaired. Such a device can make blind people blend in along with normal people and not make them stand out as when using a white cane. This can bring about significant improvement in confidence and quality of life of the visually impaired.

Step 1: Materials

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Arduino UNO

Bread Board

Shoe (A cheap shoe from Walmart is perfect for this project)


Wires (You will need a lot for this project)

9V battery

Ultrasonic sensor- (Arduino hr-s04)

Push Button switch

220ohm resistor

Foam Board

Total cost= < $65

Step 2: Putting Together the Project

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Two long wires are required for the buzzer because the buzzer will be going to the user's ear.

Step 3: Code

The code is attached- I based my code of Mert Arduino and Tech's code. ()

To check out his project visit the link below_________

Step 4: Building a Casing for the Hardware

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Cut 2 rectangular 6-inch by 3-inch pieces from the foam board

Then cut 2 rectangular 3-inch by 1.5-inch pieces

Finally cut out a rectangular 6-inch by 1.5-inch piece ]

Before gluing, take the 6-inch by 3-inch side and score the box about 1.5- inches from the end of the 6-inch side make sure you go across the full 3 inches. Also, be careful that you don't cut the piece into 2

Glue the pieces together to create a rectangular box, Make sure the side that was cut on the 6-inch by 3-inch is placed on facing the inside of the box. (Look at example photos for reference)

After the box has been created cut a small square near the top of the box on the 3 inch by 1.5 inch for the wires to exit.

Step 5: Attaching the Box to the Shoe

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To attach the box to the shoe I used glue, electric tape, and nails

First glue the box to the sole of the shoe

Then press half-inch nails from the inside of the box into the sole of the shoe (I used 6, but I think 2 should hold)

Finally, tape the box to the shoe

Step 6: Installing the Hardware

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First tape the wires for the ultrasonic sensor to the tip of the shoe

Then depending on the type of wires you used either solder or place the ultrasonic sensor into the wires.

Then attach the push button switch to the bottom of the shoe

Finally, solder the buzzer to the two long wires.

(I added a plastic piece to hold the buzzer on the user's ear)


HARI HARAS1 (author)2017-11-26

u have a great creativity. your project is extraordinary. can u show how to make this using 3 ultrasonic sensor. please...

dbenedetto (author)2017-09-20

I wonder, could the box be placed on the hip and communicate with the sensors wirelessly?

ShyamV10 (author)dbenedetto2017-09-21

i believe that the ultrasonic sensor and the arduino can communicate wirelessly

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-09-17

Awesome. It is like having another sense. I like it.

Thank you

AirborneG (author)2017-09-18

I'll be adapting this for my blind dog, maybe making it lighter with an arduino nano

ShyamV10 (author)AirborneG2017-09-19

That is a great idea, I am really interested what that will look like. Please send me an image once you complete the project.

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