Browsing Category: Eyes

AR + Kinect games assist the hearing, visually impaired

Reflex Arc‘s  augmented reality games  work with  Microsoft Kinect to help children learn sign language and assist the visually impaired with exercise.   Boris gestures sign language, and  The Nepalese Necklace helps those with no limited sight  with mobility training. The games encourage exercise and  are designed to help blind children learn about  spatial awareness, balance, coordination, and orientation. […]

Wearable + navigation service for the visually impaired

Aira.IO combines wearable tech with a remote agent service to guide the visually impaired.  Users are connected with agents who interpret the data stream from smart glasses and assist with navigation. The device uses a routing algorithm based on user and agent preferences. The company completed  a multi-phase beta trial with 100 blind and low-vision participants in […]

Wearable analyzes faces, voices, surroundings

Professor Amnon Shashua is the founder of  Mobileye, a revolutionary computer vision approach to driverless cars.  He is also the developer of OrCam, artificial vision technology to assist the visually impaired.  This week he announced Casie, a wearable personal assistant. The device is meant for the masses, but could also help the disabled. It looks like a USB stick, and can […]

Optical frame integrated health tracker

VSP Global‘s Project Genesis integrates health tracking technology into optical frames.  Steps, calories burned, activity time and distance traveled are calculated by sensors at the part of the frame that touches one’s temple. Building wearable technology into stylish glasses, worn every day to improve vision, increases the potential for mass adoption. The prototype is now […]

Gold nanoparticles enable optogenetics with out genetic manipulation

University of Chicago‘s Francisco Bezanilla has published a study detailing the use of targeted gold nanoparticles to allow light to activate neurons.  He describes it as optogenetics with out genetic manipulation. Optogenetics has  relied on genetic modification, limiting its use to few model organisms. Bezanilla previously demonstrated that normal, non-genetically modified neurons can be activated by heat […]

Video game trains brain to combat amblyopia

Game developer Ubisoft, with Amblyotech and McGill University,  has released “Dig Rush,” a video game used to treat amblyopia. Amblyopia is caused when the eyes and the brain aren’t working together, because one eye is stronger or the eyes are misaligned. Patching, the traditional treatment for amblyopia, attempts to force the weaker eye to work harder […]

Telescopic lens zooms with a wink

EPFL‘s Eric Tremblay and DARPA have developed contact lenses with integrated tiny telescopic lenses to boost vision. The lens is controlled by smart glasses that respond to the winking of an eye, and provides magnification of up to 2.8 times. This can be a visual aid for Age-related Macular Degeneration and other conditions, in addition to […]