Scientists develop smart glasses help visually impaired persons to regain the light

Australian scientist Stephen Hicks and his colleagues at Oxford University to get 500,000 pounds (about 5.1 million yuan) funding for research applicable to amblyopia smart glasses.

Scientists develop smart glasses help visually impaired persons to regain the light

According to the British “Guardian” reported on August 31, Australian scientist Stephen Hicks and his colleagues at Oxford University to get 500,000 pounds (about 5.1 million yuan) funding for research applicable to amblyopia smart glasses. Stephen Hicks team will be the first manufacturing 100 glasses, and tested in blind body. The goal of these scientists is the smart glasses into the market by the end of 2015.

The smart glasses can give blind persons the opportunity to re-see the daily life of people and things. It combines multiple cameras, perception desk, walls and other objects and people, and then process the information, so that it becomes a bright light on the projection screen. Amblyopia may use more than the sight deposit to understand things before, and browse the surrounding environment.

Dr. Stephen Hicks neuroscience. The latest prototype he developed the use of two cameras and a laser to identify the object, and then pass that information to the computer, the computer then the form of minimalist shape of the object projected on the eyes. Those due to weak eyesight could not perceive light and movement of the user, the use of residual vision can see these objects. In fact, users see a simplified version of the world is no color. Brighter objects from the past, when people from the bus station and the car with the user then becomes far darker.

Early research, Stephen Hicks found that most were classified as blind people still have some vision. “I did not realize that blindness is a continuous ongoing process of hindsight, this and the loss is the same: You can find profoundly deaf people, but most of the use of hearing aids is weak outside sounds the listener just need to enlarge it They are not all of a sudden deterioration, but only gradually weaken. “

Study of this technology is to enable those who have partially sighted people can more easily navigate their surroundings. In an early test, testers first met his guide dog. “He saw his guide dog, said: ‘So you are here,’ and then we realized that its popularity for the visually impaired, the mean far-reaching.” Stephen Hicks said.

The ability to sense portions of the light is necessary, while the glasses will be adjusted to the sensitive state. “Near things will become more bright, so in front of waving hands, amblyopia can see it, and then build hand-eye coordination when walking in unfamiliar environments users, especially at night, can clear obstacles where noted – Where is the gutter, where is the hanging rod – so that they can avoid obstacles, confidently walking on unfamiliar streets. “

The 70-year-old from Oxfordshire Lyn Olive joined the experiment. She said she could see the bone structure of two meters away, as well as ceiling beams and doorways. Since 1970, she can not read text on paper, three years after the start of the use of guide dogs. “This will reduce the stress in your life,” she said, “because I live in town have low hedges and vehicles parked on both sides of the road and other things. This spectacle to many people’s lives have changed, so They become like ordinary people, so that they have the confidence to leave their homes. “

The Royal Society for the Blind RNIB data shows that due to the risk of hitting other things, dare to leave their homes for less than half of amblyopia. RNIB has been and Oxford University in collaboration with Stephen Hicks, co-developed the smart glasses.

£ 500,000 grant for the project from the Google Impact Challenge, a use of technology to help people charity projects. Current research and development out of the 100 glasses are being 1000 testers at home for testing. RNIB, Oxford University, and research and development company jointly owned by those who are planning to commercialize the invention.

Hicks planned to 300-400 pounds (about 3058-4078 yuan) sale price at the end of next year the first smart glasses. “The important thing is that I do have a lot of burden from the price of the user if the phone can do that price, why do we still do not commercialize their products?” He further said.

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