What if a simple pair of glasses could help the visually impaired navigate the world around them? Researchers from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico have actually developed such a pair of glasses that can help those with limited or no use of sight to navigate their environment.
These glasses are equipped with GPS, ultrasound, stereoscopic vision and artificial intelligence (AI). The device also comes with two cameras that sit atop the lenses, while ultrasound and AI technologies are embedded within the frames.
According to Gizmag, the glasses work together with a tablet that processes the data given by the glasses to provide users with audible instructions. With the help of the ultrasound technology, the glasses are able to detect both static and moving objects, including translucent objects like glass. Meanwhile, the AI reads signs and is able to recognize locations, and identify objects such as paper money (in different denominations) and colours. The battery, however, only lasts for four hours of continuous use.
The researchers are hoping to have a commercial prototype of the AI super glasses by August, and put the product into mass production by early 2015. It is estimated that the final product will cost $1,000 to $1,500.