Swimming in the LanesBy Fetter, James; Braille Monitor, Vol. 51, No. 6
Publication Date: June 2008
Article outlines the development of AdaptTap, a navigation system for visually impaired swimmers. Designed at the University of Notre Dame’s Industrial Design Department at the request of the university’s swimming coach, the system replaces a method called “tapping,” in which a sighted person standing at each end of the pool taps the blind swimmer on the head or shoulder using a pole with a tennis ball attached to one end when it is time to turn. The AdaptTap system features a series of flexible plastic rods with balls on one end and brackets on the other that attach to a standard lane line. Shorter rods attached at regular intervals to both lane lines keep the swimmer in the middle of the lane, and longer rods in a gate-like formation near the end of the pool alert the swimmer of the approaching wall. At the time the article was written, the Chicago-based aquatics company Kiefer had agreed to manufacture the device.
Published by: National Federation of the Blind (Website:http://www.nfb.org)
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