MIT Researchers Develop “Eye Ring,” a Wearable Augmented Reality Peripheral To help the Blind Read, Identify Objects
The finger-worn device allows you to point at an object, take a photo, and hear feedback about what it is you just focused on.
…Initially conceived as a potential aid for the visually impaired, the EyeRing could also work as a navigation or translation aid, or help children learn to read, say the researchers involved. The group is interested in eventually turning it into a commercial product.
As smartphones become increasingly common, the use of augmented reality—the blending of digital content with the real world—has also risen, mainly in the form of apps that harness the phone’s camera and sensors and use its screen as a window to a more data-rich world.
The EyeRing takes this a step further by offering aural feedback via a wearable device. And while it’s still just a research project, some experts believe wearable electronics will eventually become common—an idea Google recently put in the spotlight by confirming it’s working on glasses that can show the wearer maps, messages, and more.
(via Augmented Reality, Wrapped Around Your Finger - Technology Review)