Researchers at Oxford University have developed new smart glasses that can help people who have limited vision navigate their way better without having to walk into obstacles.
The glasses come with a video camera that is attached to a small computer processing unit and software to process and display the images of close-by objects on displays in the eyepieces. While the glasses do not replace the lost vision of the wearer, it does provide them with spatial awareness and help them avoid accidents.
"The idea of the smart glasses is to give people with poor vision an aid that boosts their awareness of what's around them - allowing greater freedom, independence and confidence to get about, and a much improved quality of life. We eventually want to have a product that will look like a regular pair of glasses and cost no more than a few hundred pounds - about the same as a smart phone", Dr Stephen Hicks, who led the project, said.