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. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Oct 2015 @ 7:04pm

    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.

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    Christa, 6 Oct 2015 @ 7:29pm

    you forgot Sonar Glasses by G-Technology Group

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    Bryan (profile), 6 Oct 2015 @ 10:36pm

    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...

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    Bt Garner (profile), 7 Oct 2015 @ 3:04am

    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?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2015 @ 5:14am

    Robots

    "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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Oct 2015 @ 3:50pm

    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.

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