A New World View
Innovative gadgets and applications designed to change the way people with low vision perceive and navigate the world.
Glasses For Remote Visual Assistance
Aira Horizon smart glasses come with a human assistant service by beaming live-streaming footage from the glasses camera to the company’s agents who can then give audio instructions to the visually challenged user. The hands-free glasses are stylish in design and come with AI capabilities to offer assistive technology.
Intelligent Camera App
Seeing AI app, from the tech giant Microsoft, is designed to help those with low vision by reporting on the world and helping them navigate their way. It can recognise Indian currency notes, locate the faces of people they are with, as well as read facial characteristics, approximate age, emotion, and more. The app can also hear short snippets of text instantly and get audio guidance to capture full documents.
E-reader For The Blind
British firm Bristol Braille Technology plans to launch an e-reader for blind people that can enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. Named Canute 360, it’s the world’s first multiline Braille e-reader, displaying nine lines of text at a time, or about a third of a page of regular print. It refreshes a line at a time, starting at the top.
Smart Device For The Visually Challenged
b2g (Braille to Go) is a first of its kind Android-powered smart device by Zone 24×7 providing the modern-day smartphone experience for the visually impaired. It lets the visually impaired use mobile applications that we take for granted like web browsers, instant messaging and social media apps. Hardware features include WiFi networking, Bluetooth, micro-USB ports, a 5-MP camera for optical character recognition, an SD card slot, stereo microphone and speakers.
A Currency Recognition App
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, in Punjab, has developed an Android app Roshni that helps the visually impaired recognise old and new currency notes, using image processing and analytics. It utilises a deep learning framework, which further uses the patterns and features embedded on the notes to differentiate and determine the currency denomination.
Smartglasses For Those With Low Vision
The NuEyes Pro from NuEyes is reportedly the first wireless, voice-activated wearable device for the visually impaired. It acts as electronic magnifying glasses — a video camera on the front of the glasses magnifies what you are looking at and displays it on the inside of the glasses. It is helpful for those who have macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, or other visual conditions.