New Technology Can Now Help Blind People See Solar Eclipse

With the help of new technology, the visually impaired will be able to feel and hear the total solar eclipse expected to take place on April 8.

Scientists have developed sound and touch devices that will be readily available at public gatherings on April 8 to assist blind people in being a part of a spectacular event.

LightSound box

Wanda Díaz-Merced, a blind astronomer, and Harvard astronomer Allyson Bieryla jointly worked to develop a device known as the LightSound box.

The first prototype of the device was developed back in 2017, but its reach was limited.

Now the space enthusiasts are working in collaboration with other institutes to distribute 750 devices to places in Mexico, the US, and Canada.

The LightSound box

Díaz-Merced believes if the rest of the world can see the solar eclipse, then the blind, too, should see it.

As per NASA, a total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024, visible across North America.

The event is expected to last for minutes, and people are advised to follow safety protocols.

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