.lumen - Glasses for the Blind
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2021

.lumen - Glasses for the Blind nominated for Red Dot: Luminary

.lumen - Glasses for the Blind has been nominated for the Red Dot: Luminary. Emerging from the category Communication Technology, the design concept is designed by .lumen company and DESIRO Vision based in Romania. The .lumen glasses mimic the helpful characteristics of a guide dog for the blind, but without the drawbacks of the non-scalable solution.

Cornel Amariei, Founder and CEO of the startup company, .lumen, and his design team shares more with Red Dot.

Tell us about the project .lumen - Glasses for the Blind

There are 40 million blind people now, increasing to over 100 million by 2050. Despite all technological advancements, the only solutions when it comes to their mobility is the white cane and the guide dog. The guide dog’s features are unanimously seen as useful, but due to multiple drawbacks, there are only 28 thousand guide dogs to 40 million bind people today.

What we do at .lumen is to use the latest autonomous driving and robotics technologies, scaled down to this pair of glasses that mimic the main function of the guide dog, without the drawbacks that make one a non-scalable solution. We design the system for the other 39,972,000 blind individuals which can’t benefit from the advantages of a guide dog. Today, we are a team of almost 40 colleagues working on this dream.

Can you share with us any interesting knowledge that you have gained while developing this project?

First, it is incredibly difficult to truly understand this disability, and to really understand their needs. We took blindfolded courses to better grasp the challenges of the blind. Then, comes the challenges from designing something that is used by them: how you handle it, how you put it on, how you use it, how you clean it, etc. Some other technical challenges come from designing a product that fits most heads, considering there is limited data on the anthropometry of the head, especially the forehead.

What is the role of design in projects like .lumen - Glasses for the Blind?

To empower the life of the blind. In the end, to bring smiles and joys.

What does being a nominee for the Red Dot: Luminary mean to .lumen - Glasses for the Blind?

Here at .lumen we work each day to create solutions that empower the life of people which need them the most. Every award reminds us that the work we do matters, and it drives to push forwards.

Winning the Red Dot award and being nominated for the Red Dot: Luminary award, is another reminder that normal people, in the right context, are capable of extraordinary achievements.

Designers celebrate

.lumen – Glasses for the Blind by .lumen and DESIRO Vision has won Red Dot: Luminary 2021. All of the award-winning design concepts will be made available at www.red-dot.org on the same day. The Online Exhibition serves as a reference to the best in design and details descriptions of the work and information on the designers.

Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2022 is open for submissions.

Submission Dates:

  • Early submission: 2 January – 8 February
  • Standard submission: 9 February – 23 March
  • Late submission: 24 March – 18 May

For further information, visit: www.red-dot.org/design-concept

Register and submit at dc.red-dot.sg