A camcorder that helps the blind to avoid obstacles

It is true that researchers are only working on vision restoration technologies for the blind, but before they hit the market it will be many years. So, solutions are being designed so that these people can make life easier. One of the newest is the special camera.

The work of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers, co-developed with the Schepens Eye Research Institute, is a small camera mounted on a clothing designed to protect the visually impaired from hitting obstacles.

Contrary to appearances, however, this is not a simple proximity sensor that informs the object on the user’s path. The device continually controls the area in front of the user, constantly calculating the probability of falling into an obstacle. It only reacts when there is a real risk that a blind person will fall into the object in front of him and then trigger an alarm. When he thinks that a person will bypass the post, for example, he does not take any action.

The tests conducted by the researchers show that in the case of people suffering from so-called. Tunnel vision, the risk of hitting the camera with this obstacle, is reduced by as much as 37 percent.

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