mashable.com - 9 days ago
This laser-equipped helmet can help a blind person 'see'
These college students could be onto something big.
Five students from China have developed a smart helmet that could aid the visually impaired in their everyday activities. Called the "Eye See", the laser-equipped helmet is capable of detecting obstacles, as well as identifying text and describing people you meet. Image: screenshot/cctv+/youtube The helmet is equipped with a camera and laser radar, which allows it to detect obstacles within a distance of about 10 feet (3 meters), and will emit a warning sound when the wearer gets too close to a barrier. SEE ALSO: A new app is designed to help blind people enjoy the solar eclipse Image: SCREENSHOT/CCTV+/YOUTUBE The radar, similar to the ones we see on self-driving cars, is capable of performing a 360 degree, omni-directional scan. With its camera, the helmet can even identify text on signs and books in front of the wearer, and read it out. The developers even claim the onboard AI is able to provide basic descriptions of people, by image recognition. In a demo video, the helmet guesses the age of someone facing it, and notes the colour of the clothes he's wearing.
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