RNIB Creates World’s First Being pregnant Check Prototype For Girls With Imaginative and prescient Impairment
It is a very private and confidential matter for a woman to find out if she is pregnant. It’s something that she can decide whether or not to share with others based on the results. However, all of today’s pregnancy testing devices are based on visual results, which means that anyone who is blind or partially sighted cannot find out their results without someone else’s involvement, sacrificing their privacy and dignity and instantly making a private matter public. Additionally, using a pregnancy test is challenging as the packaging can be difficult to read and open. For all of these reasons, the provision of pregnancy tests is a much-needed step towards equality and inclusion for women with visual impairment.
To achieve this, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) created the first prototype tactile pregnancy test for blind women. The prototype uses the same technology as current stick devices. The only difference is that the result is shown on a touchpad instead of a digital display. The user can then find their test results simply by touching and feeling the tactile rubber band. In addition to the tactile test results, the device also uses high-contrast colors for ease of use. Another tactile switch at the bottom indicates that the test was successfully triggered.
The picture below shows the internal parts of the device. You will see the blue tactile part pushing against the yellow rubber band on top to show the results.
The video shows how this prototype works in detail.
RNIB hopes that manufacturers / designers will incorporate this design and approach into their own products to make accessible design a reality. RNIB’s extensive research into creating an accessible pregnancy test prototype can be found on their website and in the 3D cad files for the prototype.