DailyDirt: Helping The Blind With Technology
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We’ve seen some early-stage advances for ways that might help restore sight to people with low vision (or no vision), but it will take many more years before the clinical trials and safety approvals are complete. And not everyone will want to undergo an eye surgery to try to regain some vision, either. Fortunately, robots and wearable technology continue to improve, and these gadgets could become very useful for the blind (and the rest of us, too). Maybe we won’t just see telecommuting iPads for remote workers — but also robot assistants for casual and everyday uses, as well.
- Can robots become better than guide dogs at helping the blind? Given that some of the most advanced robots still have trouble navigating the world by themselves, robots helping the blind might not happen for a long time — but progress will undoubtedly be welcome by both the sighted and the blind. [url]
- A wearable device could help blind users by providing tactile or audio feedback based on sensors embedded in a ring. A “smart ring” could have cameras and haptic feedback to allow a user to point it at something and have it read text or recognize objects…. But maybe a smart watch app might be a better way to start this kind of assistive tool? [url]
- Tactile Navigation Tools is a company founded by a visually-impaired doctor, making a sensor-equipped vest and “smart cane” to help the blind. The vest and cane can work together to help a user identify dangerous obstacles — and could also be useful for fire-fighting or military personnel to navigate in low-visibility environments. [url]
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Filed Under: baxter, blind, haptics, low vision, robots, smartcane, smartring, tools, visually impaired, wearables
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Comments on “DailyDirt: Helping The Blind With Technology”
Virtual Visual Cortex
Eventually we bypass our eyes altogether since they are limited by their very nature. When we are all using external cameras, being physically blind will no longer be relevant or permanent.
you forgot Sonar Glasses by G-Technology Group
You forgot: http://www.g-disabilityproducts.com/sonar-glasses-video/
Tactile Navigation Tools is a company founded by a visually-impaired doctor, making a sensor-equipped vest and “smart cane” to help the blind.
I sure hope they don’t put their initials on their products, especially the vest…
Dammit robots, knock it off, first you come here and take our menial labor jobs, now you want my medical right to take my (future) seeing eye dog anywhere I please? What next, are you going to take away my ability to drive me and my seeing eye dog around by ourselves?
“Given that some of the most advanced robots still have trouble navigating the world by themselves, robots helping the blind might not happen for a long time”
But we’ll let them drive cars until then.
Imagine what a seeing eye dog brain could do in an android body.
Oddest thing I ever saw on TV was a soft-porn flick on the commercial free channels, which had a pre-show announcement that verbal-description was provided for the blind.