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Virtual Travel for Blind Persons


2030 Forecast



Virtual Travel for Blind Persons, Futures Thinking, Dennis Kotelnikov, Russia




Which customer needs and related businesses will fade out?

What new customer needs and related businesses will fade in?




Technology: Bionics + Augmented Reality + Artificial Intelligence

Advances in bionics technology will play the leading role in developing virtual travel devices for blind persons.

Next-level bionics technologies will give birth to a radically new brain management technology. It will help the brain to create images. Blind people will be able to see.

The eye consists of photoreceptors that transform the light to the current that is transmitted by the optic nerve to the brain. Some artificial vision devices for the blind (visual prostheses) have already been developed, yet their resolution is currently too low. It is likely to take much longer than 10 years to develop a comprehensive high-resolution visual prosthesis technology, yet some focused applications, such as virtual travel devices, can be developed by 2030.


Most of current-level services for blind people (audio-tours, computer aids, travel books, etc.) will fade out.


The first product for the mass market would include photos famous historic places. Video tours will follow.

Complete Sensory Immersion

Next level brain management technologies will help engage some other senses as well. Virtual travelers will be able to hear local sounds along their way through the territory, feel local aromas, touch objects, talk to the e-guide or local e-people.


Complete Sensory Immersion tours will become a worldwide service for all people.

Client-specific products will follow. For instance, blind persons will be able to see faces of their dear ones and travel virtually together with them.





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