Samsung's Blind Cap
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Samsung’s Blind Cap is a swimming cap specifically designed to alert swimmers who are blind or visually impaired of the approaching pool wall. This wearable navigation aid works in conjunction with the Blind Cap mobile app, which can be downloaded on a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch or any Android phone (not included), and synchronized to the Blind Cap via Bluetooth. It also requires the assistance of a sighted individual (coach) who can track the swimmer’s progress down the pool lane. If the swimmer is nearing the pool wall, the coach will tap on the smartwatch or Android phone once to send an alert to the Blind Cap. The cap will start vibrating, signaling to the swimmer that he or she is approaching the pool wall and should turn around soon. Developed in collaboration with the Spanish Paralympic Committee and Cheil Spain, Samsung’s Blind Cap is currently available only to elite swimmers.