The Gestural Interface for Remote Spatial Perception (GIST) is a wearable guide for the visually impaired. The technology, presented by the University of Nevada, features a Microsoft Kinect sensor that analyzes the wearer's surroundings.
The information is communicated to the user through spoken advice on how to navigate the environment. The wearable device reacts and responds to hand gestures and movements of the user, strengthening the user's spatial perception in the process. Holding out a closed fist in front of you, for example, will cause the device to identify if someone is standing or moving in that direction, as well as calibrate the distance to them.
As the technology advances, researchers believe that it will be able to identify objects and people using a visual database.
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