New Glasses to Help the Blind See
Move over Google Glass. A scientist has put wearble tech into practical use.
Let's face it, most smart glasses like Google's overrated pair would just be another way for us to check Facebook or get slapped with a driving ticket. However, a new prototype created by Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford, can help the visually impaired see.
These glasses will not help those who are completely blind, but will help the registered blind who can sense light and motion.
These bionic specs are wired with two cameras so that the wearer can pick out the distance of nearby objects. The glasses also include a gyroscope, a compass and GPS to help a person get oriented wherever they are worn. The transparent OLED displays can also indicate how far obstacles are by varying the brightness of an image.
Hicks won the Royal Society's Brian Mercer Award for Innovation for his work and plans to use the £50,000 prize money to add object and text recognition to the glasses.
“My research aim is to improve functional vision for people with severely impaired sight. Over 300,000 people in the UK are registered as blind,” Dr. Hicks told The Independent.
Hopefully that prize money will get smart glasses on the eyes that need them most.
Should big companies like Google or Samsung adopt better causes for wearable tech?