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Mukanapuhelin Press

/MUKANA (the Finnish for aboard, along, in, on, part, with and within) is a piece of cutting-edge smart clothing for the visually impaired. It connects technology with textiles and thus promotes new approaches to dressing up. Users were given the main focus in the design. A group of visually impaired participated throughout the process of development. The final prototype was thoroughly tested by them.

..includes a cell phone, a wireless headset, a Global Positioning System (GPS) module and voice recognition software. The system takes account of the special needs of the visually impaired. Users can ask //MUKANA to tell them their location, to give information on what route to take to their destination or on the timetables of public transportation.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. Darell says:

    Individuals with visual impairment can check out the Just5 Easyphone. This has big buttons and voice confirm so this phone is perfect for their needs. This phone also presents other practical features such as PERS to enable the user to call for an immediate help in times of need. My brother who has low vision is using this phone and he is very satisfied with the way it functions and the way it provides him an easy communication. Much more, this doesn’t come with an expensive price.