Smart Glasses For Blind ‘In Shops By 2016’

By Gemma Morris, Sky News Reporter

Pairs of high-tech smart glasses, designed to help millions of blind and partially sighted people to see, could be in shops in 2016.
The specs use a specially adapted 3D camera to maximise a person’s remaining vision by separating and highlighting objects ahead.
They were created by researchers at the University of Oxford, who linked up with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to develop them further.
RNIB Solutions managing director Neil Heslop said trialists had experienced extraordinary things while testing the glasses.
He told Sky News: “They’ve recognised faces, they’ve avoided obstacles, they’ve even seen their own guide dogs for the first time.”
Participant Iain Cairns was impressed with the glasses, despite saying he felt like Star Trek character Geordi La Forge when wearing them.
He said: “To have something that will help me to keep independent, able to walk to work, to make tea – I think it will make a big difference to my quality of life.”
Read more: http://news.sky.com/story/1315735/smart-glasses-for-blind-in-shops-by-2016
source: Sky News, Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind
photo of smart glasses from the creator of them : Oxford University

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