Developed by Dr Stephen Hicks from Oxford University, the “Smart Spectacles” as the name suggests is a hi-tech device for the visually impaired that may well replace white canes and guide dogs as a navigational aid in a couple of years. Integrating small stereoscopic cameras, which project simplified images onto the lenses, within the frames, the smart spectacles will prevent the blind, with residual vision, from colliding with objects in streets.
Featuring a pair of cameras to determine the distance of objects which is further translated into a light display, the glasses will also read printed words through an earpiece or possibly scan barcodes to check price tags of the goods in shopping stores. Developed as research project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Invention, the smart spectacles will commercially be available in a couple of years for about £600 ($961).
Via: Daily Mail