Introduction

Mar 18, 2019

Hello everyone! My name is Devon B. and I have been attending BASIS Independent Brooklyn for four years now. I have been interested in Biomedical Engineering throughout high school, and cannot wait to dive into the field with first-hand research.

The main question my project aims to answer is: what are the limits of technology to improve the quality of life for blind patients? Working with neuroscientists in the Neuroimaging and Visual Science Laboratory at NYU Langone Health we will develop technology that enhances the other senses of a blind patient to allow them to see the world. This project aims to compare and contrast existing technologies while also improving upon them. I will work at the NYU Langone branch experimenting with sensory substitution technology and interviewing blind patients. Not only am I testing out the devices, but I am also collaborating in engineering new sensory equipment using the feedback from the aforementioned interviews.

There is currently very little technology available for the blind, making my work in this field quite necessary. The overarching goal of this project is to have furthered progress within the field of sensory substitution and to have broadened my view of the world by interacting with patients who are blind.

You can check out my proposal here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y0yOYsWwlBDeO9hzlV5PLiDA18cMhpOa2K-e28chNZM/edit?usp=sharing

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