TED Resident Keith Kirkland and his team at WearWorks use haptic technology to develop products and experiences that communicate information through touch. In 2017, they were faced with a seemingly impossible challenge: quickly develop a device for a blind ultra-marathon runner to compete — unaided and unassisted — in the New York City Marathon.

Jennifer Brook, a design researcher at Dropbox, explains how the team at WearWorks navigated the challenges and tensions of designing this groundbreaking new technology.

Commissioned by Dropbox and created in partnership with TED Ideas Studio, the branded content arm of TED Partnerships.

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Dropbox is a modern collaborative workspace with a mission to design a more enlightened way of working. They build tools to help teams better work together.