These Glasses Help Visually Impaired People Navigate Their Environment

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 22, 2014
References: cinvestav.mx & gizmag
Researchers at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico have developed an ingenious pair of glasses can help visually impaired people better navigate their surroundings. The device looks to be the most sophisticated of its kind, and uses a combination of ultrasound, GPS, stereoscopic vision and artificial intelligence to assist its wearer.

The glasses have two cameras mounted on the frame. Camera input is then transmitted to a tablet device that processes the data and provides audio directions to the wearer.

They are also embedded with ultrasound technology that can alert visually impaired people to the presence of both static and moving objects nearby.

Artificial intelligence enables the device to recognize locations, read signs and -- incredibly -- even identify different banknote denominations.

Corrochano and his colleagues have patented the technology and are hoping to have a commercial prototype by August. If they find investors, they will begin mass production in less than a year. The glasses will cost between $1,000 and $1,500.