Indian-origin engineers introduce AI-powered smart glasses for visually challenged people — details here

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Indian-origin engineers introduce AI-powered smart glasses for visually challenged people — details here
Envision
  • AI technology in Envision glasses helps visually challenged people to hear what they see.
  • It features optical character recognition (OCR).
  • Currently, Envision glasses work with Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.
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Netherlands-based assistive technology company Envision has unveiled its latest smart glasses that can help with low or no vision to read documents, scan faces, and assist navigation with the power of artificial intelligence (AI). These smart glasses were showcased at a recent conference held at California State University, Northridge. The glasses use AI to read a sign at a train station, printed documents or words on any object. In addition, a person can have their surroundings described aloud.

The Envision smart glasses are equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with a wide field of view. The smart glass has wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, which keeps the user connected. Also, it has a built-in speaker and a battery that can last up to five to six hours.

The glasses weigh less than 50 grams and can be operated with a smartphone and independently. It runs on a Qualcomm quad-core processor.

Currently, Envision smart glasses are not available in India but it will be interesting to see their price in India.

Features of Envision glasses
The glasses can read and speak in more than 60 languages, briefing each piece of text including longer texts, different street signs and even book pages. It also features the ability to perform video calls through which another person can verbally guide the user about their surroundings.
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Glasses are also capable of object recognition, colour detection, face recognition, light detection and even exporting text. To survive the environment surrounding the company has made it water and dust resistant.

Envision was the idea of Karthik Mahadevan and Karthik Kannan. They both are alumni of the College of Engineering, Guindy and they founded Envision in 2017, located in Hague in The Netherlands.

The cofounder of Envision, Karthik Kannan said, “Our mission is to improve the lives of the world’s two billion people who are blind or visually impaired by providing them with life-changing assistive technologies, products, and services.”

You will be surprised to know that Envision glasses are built on the enterprise edition of Google glass. Yes, you heard it right. Google Glass is still alive. The company unveiled its glasses back in 2013 and it was capable of taking calls, texts, pictures and can even look at maps.

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