Category: Orientation and Mobility

Eye 21

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-- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a visual assistance system similar to sonar technology that allows individuals who are blind or have low vision to be aware of their surroundings through the use of sound. Developed by the engineers from the Research Center for Graphic Technologies at Spain's Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), the EYE 21 consists of a pair of sunglasses with two built-in micro-video cameras, a computer, and a pair of headphones. The cameras analyze the space in front of them and create a three-dimensional model of it. Sounds are assigned to the various surfaces in that space, and those sounds are played back through the headphones. By listening to this mosaic of sounds, users are able to "hear space." Their brains learn to turn the sounds into shapes. There are presently four EYE 21 prototypes, with ten more set for testing. The UPV technology was developed as part of the Cognitive Aid System for Blind People (CASBLiP) project. AUTHOR: Ben Coxworth. TITLE: EYE 21 system lets the blind 'see' by assigning sounds to shapes. WEBSITE: Gizmag. REF:


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