Design at the edge

Project overview

Work and design for a whole different group of people like the blind or deaf and design framework that will aid the blind of deaf like a pair of glasses that will alert a blind person of new surroundings.

The problem

Technology is always expanding and it working on trying to be more inclusive for the overall market. Even though this is the case there is a missing market to have products for the blind to better their experiences. We wanted to enhance a product that would allow a stylish pair of glasses to scan new surrounds and give audio input back to the user.


Universal Methods

1.) Secondary Research – Through thorough research we found that 285 million people live with some type of visual impairment across the world. Visual impairment can lead to social and economic burdens on those affected, such as disability, suffering, loss of productivity, and a diminished quality of life.

2.) Personas – We created three personas (displayed below) in which we depicted three different age groups, each group related due to their visual impairment. Each persona details their experience with their visual impairment – there is Margot, Sofia, and Rita.

3.) Research Through Design – We actively researched the Magic Leap 1 design, exploring all of its positive and negative aspects. Expanding our knowledge on the project and beginning to explore possible ways to transform this design into one that would be exclusively for the visually impaired. We thoroughly explored the many features and functions of Magic Leap 1.

4.) Brainstorming / Mind Map – We used a mind map to work out some of our intentions regarding the modifications of Magic Leap 1 to be a product more for people with visual impairments.


  • The annual economic impact of major vision problems among the adult population 40 years and older is more than $145 billion.
  • Vision disability is one of the top 10 disabilities among adults 18 years and older and one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children. 
  • Vision loss causes a substantial social and economic toll for millions of people including significant suffering, disability, loss of productivity, and diminished quality of life. 

About Magic leap 1

  • A wearable spatial computer
  • Lightwear uses nine different sensors to understand whatever space it is in 
  • As light as a pair of headphones
  • It can read a room in moments – understanding corners, edges, and surfaces
  • Spatial audio – listen to real and virtual sounds (virtual? Can we use it to inform the user of the space in which they need to navigate
  • Prescription inserts available – can be used for both blind and partially blind
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB for storage
  • Up to 3.5 hours of continuous use (can we alter that to make it last longer?) and 7 days in sleep mode (what does sleep mode mean? Is it still functional)
  •  Control/trackpad = handheld device – pressure-sensitive and responds to the slightest of touches. Up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • Lumin OS is a spatial operating system – recognize and understand different environments

Proof of concept


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