Glasses for the Blind?

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Mexican scientists develop glasses for the visually impaired.

In May last year, Mexican scientists innovated a way to aid people suffering from blindness or visual impairment. The Advanced Research & Investigation Center (Cinvestav) of Guadalajara, created glasses with artificial intelligence, a GPS system and ultrasound technology, aimed at assisting blind people and those who are visually impaired.

Through a press release in May 2014, Eduardo Bayro-Corrochano, leader of the researchers’ team who developed this device, said it was created with the intention of improving the quality of life of hundreds of people, and they looked forward to launching it to the local and international markets shortly.

This navigation device consists of – among other components – glasses with sound stereo-sensors and a GPS. This would allow blind people to move between two points and prevent them from bumping into moving or stationary obstacles.

Glasses for Blind

One more amazing benefit of these glasses is that it enables the user to distinguish different values that are unnoticeable to touch, such as colors and currency denomination.

Though there have been similar devices to this one, Bayro-Corrochano explained that the algorithms and new technology of these glasses make them one-of-a-kind.

Actually, though some have compared this device to the Google-branded one, the use of ultrasound technology allows the detection of translucent objects like glass, and the artificial intelligence is capable of recognizing certain signs and places.

According to Bayro-Corrochano, Qualtop, a Jalisco-based company will be in charge of manufacturing this piece of technology.

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