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Photos: Basketball for the blind

What looks like an otherwise standard basketball actually sends out a high, continuous tone to tell players where the ball is.

    Basketball for the blind

    Recent Johns Hopkins University graduates Steve Garber, Alissa Burkholder and Ashanna Randall designed a sensor system that allows blind people to play basketball.

    Credit: Will Kirk

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    Basketball for the blind

    The white box behind the backboard is a sound emitter that sends out low pulse tones to help players locate the shooting target.

    Credit: Will Kirk

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    Basketball for the blind

    A sound emitter embedded in an otherwise standard basketball sends out a high, continuous tone to tell players where the ball is.

    Credit: Will Kirk

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