Vismate: Bridging Gaps for the Visually Impaired


In the ever-evolving landscape of technological innovations, a team of five bright minds from Universitas Brawijaya (UB) has stepped up to make a lasting impact. Their brainchild, Visual Mate, affectionately known as Vismate, stands at the forefront of advancements aimed at aiding visually impaired individuals in their daily lives. This team, consisting of Beni Kurniawan (electrical engineering), M Dwi Nur Afini (electrical engineering), M Rashannaufal G (electrical engineering), M Bintang Saktya (information systems), and Vieri Faturrahman (electrical engineering), under the guidance of Ir Nurussa’adah MT, has brought forth a groundbreaking innovation.

Vismate: Beyond an Aid, a Companion for the Visually Impaired

Vismate isn’t just a piece of technology; it’s a potential companion, a game-changer for the visually impaired and those with hearing impairments. Crafted with features tailored to enhance their daily activities, Vismate extends beyond being a mere aid. It emerges as a tool fostering communication not only within the disabled community but also with the broader society, all thanks to its seamlessly integrated smartphone application.

Unlocking Vismate’s Arsenal of Advanced Features

Embedded within Vismate is a sophisticated array of features, making it a multifaceted tool for the visually impaired. Let’s dive into the key components that set Vismate apart:

  1. Smart Obstacle Detection: Navigating Safely Through the World Vismate employs cutting-edge computer vision techniques for smart obstacle detection. This feature is a game-changer, empowering the visually impaired to recognize and navigate around obstacles in their path, enhancing both safety and ease in their daily activities.
  2. Text2speech Accessibility Integrated with Google API: Clear and Comfortable Communication Communication becomes a breeze for the visually impaired with Vismate’s Text2speech Accessibility feature. And then, it intricately converts written text into high-precision speech, allowing users to hear and comprehend information with clarity and comfort.
  3. Voice2text Accessibility: Bridging Communication Gaps The Voice2text Accessibility feature instantly transforms spoken words into written text. This isn’t just a tool for the visually impaired; it serves as a bridge for effective communication, enabling others to read and understand information conveyed through voice.
  4. Smart Tracking: Real-Time Location Monitoring for Added Security Designed with families in mind, the Smart Tracking feature facilitates easy real-time monitoring of the user’s location. This not only provides a sense of security but also brings peace of mind to loved ones.

Vismate’s Recognition and Future Endeavors

It’s not just another project; Vismate has garnered recognition and support. Among the selected projects for funding, it has secured a spot in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology’s 2023 Student Creativity Program. This not only underscores its significance but also opens doors for further development and refinement.

As we celebrate the ingenuity of these UB students, we look forward to witnessing the continued evolution of Vismate. With each innovation, it’s poised to carve a path that doesn’t just assist but profoundly transforms the lives of visually impaired individuals, offering them not just technology but a newfound sense of independence and connection with the world. Finally, here’s to Vismate – an embodiment of technology with a heart.