Sensoris – Research Presentation

Sensoris, word from the Latin Sens (feel) and Oris (color). Feel through Color.


Bogota capital of Colombia, is one of the favorite cities for the realization of events in the country, not only for being the capital of the country but for its cultural diversity and different recreational activities. Events in Bogotá are an attractant for the floating population, not only in the same city but also in other regions of the country.

But People with any different condition find physical and socio-cultural barriers when attending an event, so they often choose to not participate because of the limitations presented, generating a complex phenomenon that is affecting the entire population and does not guarantee equal and equitable access to facilities and / or services. That’s why I think we need to do something about this, we need to have a more inclusive society where everybody, without matter their condition, can be an active part of it. If we have an inclusive city, where we can interact together, and enjoy the different events the government have for us, then we will be a really and united society. The most important of all, is to give the opportunity to people with any special condition feel free and welcome to go to the events, and give them the opportunity to feel autonomous.

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To identify a central issue in the development of events, I reviewed documents related to accessibility for disabled people living in the city of Bogota. Blindness is the critical condition, with a percentage of 34.5 of all persons with a disability condition.


* Ceguera (Blindness in spanish / this chart is in spanish because is the official colombian statistic chart about disabilities)

Then, for the realization of the general matrix (general chart), I considered the different types of disabilities in order to have an idea to where I should direct the project, linked to a number of variables that are affected by factors such as physical barriers and socio-cultural, current solutions, resource availability and design opportunity.


According to this information and analysis, the decision to work with people with visual difficulties is made because actually there are not enough solutions, and this gives a great design opportunity.

Problem to solve: 

Accessibility for people with low vision and blindness in open spaces designed for the realization of cultural events in Bogota city.

Inspirational concept for the project:

Biomimetics, is the general idea of designing using  the solutions presented in natural processes. “ecolocation”. Echolocation is a method of sensory perception by which certain animals orient themselves in their environment, detect obstacles, communicate with each other and find food.


After learning how some animals use their other senses to see, I realize that visually impaired people can also make use of other elements to see, without the need to use the eyes.


System that must be able to receive and send the necessary signals that the environment gives, so the user can interpret them and move with freedom and autonomy in space.


Path: Modular Floor.

Using colors that contrast with the color of modul for low vision users, and easy to read by the color sensor. The icons will be just in important places of the path, to advise the user of any changes or places in the route.

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How it will distributed in the context?

The field of the park will be modified because we need to have a safe and stable route for our users.

1. excavation of at least 80 cm deep across the width and length of what will be the path.

2. In the excavation should replace the removed material with granular material, compacted in layers of 20-30 cm to ensure adequate strength.

3. They should build a concrete plate with steel rods for reinforcement the field.

4. Holes are left in the concrete where the modules screws will later tie.

The modules will be placed on the path only when an event takes place.

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Sensoris Accessory:


Same color of the cane to continue with the identity of it and don’t make it look like a piece apart.


If someone have a with different cane type, for example, with a wheel in the bottom, the accessory has a hinge that allows it to open it and place in position the accesory.


The accessory has a spring system which allows , by pressure, remain attached to the white cane. It has 4 metal spheres resting on springs, which, when the white cane comes, they move inward,  allowing the accessory to be firmly attached to the cane through the pressure.


Accessory Parts:

– Color Sensor, will detect the color of the modular floor.


– PMV Converter

– Bluetooth Chip


The signal captured by the sensor is transmitted to the converter, the converter takes this numerical information (color) and turn it into a signal that can be played by the PVM (playback voice module),

The PMV is responsible for reproducing this signal in mp3 format,  this information can be reproduce on a speaker, headset or other audio device.

We don’t want accidents, so we are not using cables, we are using a wireless signal to transmit the informaition. In this way the user will receive via wireless the color that the sensor is reading in a voice message.




In this way, Sens – Oris will optimize accessibility for visually impaired people at public events in Bogota city.

Project Design by Paula Aguirre G.

(Short part of the undergraduate Industrial Design Program “Sensoris” by Paula Aguirre, Bogota, Colombia)

Other projects related  to this topic:

– OrCam

– Cameras, GPS and sound system.

– EyeBorg



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