'Smart glasses' help fix failing vision

Dr Stephen Hicks, from the University of Oxford, who has led the project, says they are now ready to be taken from the research setting to be used in the home.

'Smart glasses' help fix failing vision

World Bulletin / News Desk

Researchers from Oxford University say they've made a breakthrough in developing smart glasses for people with severe sight loss.

Thanks to ‘Smart Glasses’ some people have seen their guide dogs for the first time by enhancing images of nearby people and objects on to the lenses, providing a much clearer sense of surroundings.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People says they could be "incredibly important".

Lyn Oliver, 70, has a progressive eye disease, which means she has very limited vision, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in her early twenties. She is able to spot movement but describes her vision as "smudged and splattered".

Although her guide dog can help her get around and avoid her from most obstacles and hazards, she’s not able to convey other information about her surroundings.

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a way to enhance this - using smart glasses. They are fitted with a specially adapted 3D camera.

The images are processed by computer and projected in real-time on to the lenses - so people and objects nearby become bright and clearly defined.

Dr Stephen Hicks, from the University of Oxford, who has led the project, says they are now ready to be taken from the research setting to be used in the home.

"If you're walking around you're able to navigate doorways, and see hazards on the floor that might trip you up. So you can become more independent and walk around with greater ease."

He says there has been a great response from people who have worn them.

"People have loved them. They remark how much they can see now. They can see details in faces, they can see their own hands. People have commented how they've seen their guide dog for the first time. It's a real enabler.

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