Home / All Innovations / Innovation Details
Image

BLIMMER – BLIND SWIMMER ‘S APPROACH TO SAFETY

Description: The main problem of blind swimmers is lacking confidence cause by insecure of when they have to stop before hitting the pool wall. The average speed of blind swimmers are7.3 km/h and is at loss when compared to normal swimmers which have 8.6km/h. If the swimmer accidentally hit the wall of the pool, they could result to brain damage, skull fracture or even death. To overcome this problem, we invented the Blind Swimmers Sensory Device (BLIMMER) which will send information to the swimmers by vibrations when the swimmers are at a distance of 3m away from the wall. This device consists of an Arduino Pro Mini, Protoboard, Arduino Nano board, and waterproof Ultrasonic sensor. The Waterproof Ultrasonic Sensor will send electric signal when an object is within 3metre away from the sensor. The HC_12 Module send the information to Arduino Nano board which is located at the swimmer’s head. The vibrating motor will vibrate when it receives the information from the Arduino Uno. The swimmers wil

Long description (max 700 characters) In the eyes of the world, it is a common misconception that swimming is only for people who can see. However, there is a category in the Paralympic games that is specifically targeted towards blind or visually impaired. The swimmers are able to swim straight properly until the end of the 50m pool. However when the time come times for them to turn or stop when they approach the end of the 50m pool, they cannot manage to do this by themselves therefore they rely on the help of specially trained individuals ,known as ‘tappers’, whose task is to warn swimmers when they approach the end of the 50m pool by tapping their heads with a long foam poll. This is not the best alternative however due to relying on humans who are prone to make mistakes even if they are specially trained. This in turn could lead to the swimmer hitting his or her head against the wall which could lead to brain damage, skull fractures, concussions or even death. An issue arising from this is swimmers are not able to swim confidently and will feel insecure for as long the race is occurring. This also makes it discouraging for visually impaired especially blind people to try out swimming thereby making it hard for him or her to realise their indivual potential in the sport. Blind Paralympic swimmers have one common problem which is they don’t know when to stop or to turn when they reach the end of a 50m pool. They can swim normally in a straight line like normal people. In this category, the staffs will wait at the end of the pool and tap their heads when they are approaching the end of the pool which is not good because human error can happen. The main problem is the swimmers lack confidence and are always insecure of when they have to stop. According to Forbes in it’s edition of May 2012, lack of confidence could reduce productivity for up to 35%. The average speed of blind swimmers are 7.3 km/h and is at loss when compared to normal swimmers which have 8.6km/h . If the swimmer accidentally hit the wall of the pool, they could result to brain damage, skull fracture or even death. To overcome this problem, we invented the Blind Swimmers Sensory Device (BLIMMER) which will send information to the swimmers by vibrations when the swimmers are at a distance of 3m away from the wall. This device consists of an Arduino Pro Mini, Protoboard, Arduino Nano board, and waterproof Ultrasonic sensor. The Waterproof Ultrasonic Sensor will send electric signal when an object is within 3metre away from the sensor. The HC_12 Module send the information to Arduino Nano board which is located at the swimmer’s head. The vibrating motor will vibrate when it receives the information from the Arduino Uno. The swimmers will feel the vibration and will be alerted as the sensor detects. This way, the swimmers will confidently swim as fast as they can without worrying about the wall at the end of the pool. This will create a more quality sporting event and a better safety for the swimmers itself.

Organisation: SEKOLAH SULTAN ALAM SHAH

Innovator(s): IRFAN ROZAINE MERICAN REEZAL MERICAN, WAN MUHAMMAD IRFAN WAN MOHD ZOHAR & SAMSIAH RADIMAN (ADVISOR)

Category: Safety/Security/Protection

Country: Malaysia

Silver Award