Smart glasses help nearly blind people function
People who are nearly blind may benefit from wearing “smart glasses,” according to the first public tests being conducted by Researchers at Oxford University in the UK.
The glasses do not work by actually improving the wearer’s vision; rather, it works to help the wearer make the most of his or her vision. The glasses present the wearers with information about what is surrounding them, captured by a frame-mounted camera. The wearer carries a pocket-sized computer, to which the camera sends its footage, which then enhances nearby objects and sends them to the lenses of the glasses.
In the study, the research team recruited 30 volunteers with poor vision. The participants were asked to walk through a venue while wearing the glasses while the researchers controlled the lighting and the placement of various obstacles. The researchers received positive feedback from many participants, who said that the glasses helped them make the most of their vision affected by various debilitating and degenerative eye conditions.
Researchers said that the smart glasses may help people who are legally blind or have low vision—that’s more than 3.3 million American adults and around 100,000 people in the UK—by allowing them to gain more independence and freedom and have an improved quality of life.