Monday 26 September 2016

Toyota announces wearable to help blind people navigate

Mark O'Beirne

Published 08/03/2016 | 11:14

Toyota
Toyota

Toyota has announced Project BLAID, a wearable that helps blind people navigate by scanning the surrounding area and directing them in response.

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Toyota has announced an experimental wearable that could help blind and visually impaired people navigate indoor spaces.

Project BLAID is a wearable that is wrapped around your shoulders. It then scans the environment using built-in cameras and is capable of detecting things like stairs, elevators, exit signs and logos. Toyota is also working on facial recognition software along with mapping and identifying specific objects.

The wearable then relays the information to the user via vibrations and speakers.

Project BLAID is currently in development and Toyota hopes that it will be ready for beta testing in the near future.

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