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2018-08-09   13:51:03   INGLÉS
UANL develops bracelet for people with visual weakness

Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 9 (Notimex).- A teacher and three students from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL, for its acronym in Spanish), developed an auxiliary bracelet that will facilitate the use of public transportation for people with visual disabilities, which they called "Snap N'Stop "

The inventor Sofía Alejandra Luna Rodríguez developed this artifact together with Karla González, María del Rocío Torres and Arnulfo Elizondo, today graduates of the Industrial Design career.

"We are looking for these people to be independent. What we did first was to approach this group of people with visual disabilities and the response we received from all of them is that they feel much excluded, they do not feel part of society," she said.

The research professor of the UANL, said that “with this proposal is intended that they are self-sufficient and do not depend 100 percent on someone else to move and do their daily activities."

In 2016, the group of students together with the teacher Luna Rodríguez began the project, in which, with the support of 12 people with visual disabilities, the pilot program of the bracelet was implemented.

"It was tested with a person with several week trips that she made daily to the central library of the University by taxi, she was very happy that the taxis did stop, because she did not want to feel a burden that someone was taking her to their activities," she said.

"The bracelet was developed with their advice, models of possible solutions were presented, they made us comments," said Luna Rodriguez.

She said that for its proper functioning, the bracelet was subjected to distance reflex tests to establish size, reflective material and ideal cover that highlights the brightness and allows the collective transport driver to know if someone requests the truck or taxi, both on the day and the night.

"It was about generating a simple product and to comply with these requirements where technology would not be required to reduce costs and allow people to acquire it easily. The investment is minimal and its life is very long, because it does not have any material that could be damaging", explained the teacher.

She emphasized that the idea is that it should be cheap, not replaceable and simple, and for its preparation less than 10 minutes are required with the support of industrial machines, with a minimum cost for the benefit of users.

The bracelet "Snap N'Stop" has five interchangeable lamellae, which have the Arabic numbers of the transport and/or taxi routes; each lamella has braille drawings for reading.

For users who do not know how to read Braille, the Arabic numbers of the routes are engraved with heavy-gauge vinyl that allows to feel the relief of the number, in addition to the bracelet is mounted on acetate sheet of a certain texture that allows easy identification of right and reverse.

When using it, the Snap N 'Stop is placed on the wrist of the arm, and when they need to take a bus or taxi route, users must detach the bracelet that has the ability to extend and stay upright thanks to the flushometer.

Dr. Luna Rodríguez, explained that it was in December of 2017 when the patent for the auxiliary bracelet was obtained, so now they seek to distribute it in different countries through associations in Mexico and, even in Spain and England, and that the Snap N ' Stop is used by more people with visual disabilities.

"The three students who invented the bracelet to date are looking for ways to take it on a larger scale and give it greater diffusion not only in Nuevo León, but in other places where someone may need to take the transport autonomously," she said.

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