The VIP Project: Designing for the Visually Impaired

Project dates: 17/05/2019 - Ongoing

Consider the benefits that can be provided to the 357,000 blind people in Australia through the use of satellite based augmentation systems to reduce the struggles they experience and enhance their experience of daily life? By 2030 there will be 564,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision and with this application they will be able to have a sense of their surroundings, and be able to navigate through our cities with greater ease.

This project aims to rethink how blind people can enjoy freedom and mobility, the same mobility as sighted people, by creating a wearable solution that provides the blind with spatial awareness of their surroundings, and route guidance through haptic feedback.

Pairing QUT’s expertise from CI and SEF and bringing together the human experience with the technology available for a better solution is key. Technology needs to address the needs of its users, and QUT’s Design Lab has a strong track record of providing technology that is viable and functional.

Project Milestones

Phase 1: Developing and shaping wearable and non-wearable concepts for the blind

Phase 2: Conducting workshop with blind users and blind organisations to present and

Chief Investigators


Chief Investigators Dr Rafael Gomez Prof Marc Miska Research Assistant Mr Niall Blair