News Link : AI Powered Spectacles Launched To Help Individuals With Low or No Vision – ND News Desk
Individuals with vision impairments can now move around more confidently and listen to texts in English and 73 Indian regional languages by wearing a pair of Smart Vision Spectacles (S V S) with AI (Artificial Intelligence) features.
Aravind Eye Hospital (A E H), Madurai has introduced the device. Authorities claim, it is the country’s first device of this sort for visually impaired people.
The Chief Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Head of Vision Rehabilitation Centre, Dr.P Vijayalakshmi said that it will be beneficial for their education. And, it will empower them in their daily life, where mobility is restricted.
Features of the Smart Vision Spectacles
The device is similar to any normal wearable eye glasses. In addition, it has two pen drive-like devices on the arms that rest on the ears.
The left pen drive contains a camera with a flash. It collects photos within two meters of the face, recognizes things, and warns of problems in front of and surrounding the user. There by, makes walking easier.
The device can store images and details of people whom the wearer knows. By doing so, it identifies the name and details, if the same person comes in the line of vision. And also, the control buttons formatted in Braille on the frame when pressed reads out texts.
Smart Global Technology, a Bengaluru based software company in association with Boston-based N G O, Vision Aid, tried the prototype with 50 patients at A E H over the last 10 months.
Flora Jeyaseeli, a vision rehabilitationist, oversaw the trials and feedback with great care.
According to Dr. Vijayalakshmi, patients were able to tell them exactly what they wanted. And, it helped them fine-tune the model to the ideal weight, size, shape, and use.
She also said that Smart eyewear is accessible abroad, but at a prohibitive cost, ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh. She added, the new S V S costs ₹ 22,000 only. Also, it reads in English in Indian accent for easy understanding.
The Rotary Club (Chennai-East) has sponsored the first batch of 300 S V S.
AI Powered Spectacles Launched To Help Individuals With Low or No Vision
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