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Nagpur students create hi-tech ‘eyes’ to help blind people

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:26 -- deepti.gahrotra

What are the things most difficult for the visually-impaired? Walking without bumping into things, reaching their desired location without help, locating objects of every day use and reading. While there may be devices that can help in one or the other of these tasks, a unit that can help in all of them in an easy way would be much more helpful.

LVPEI, Microsoft launch mobility, sensory stimulation park in Vijayawada

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 12:00 -- deepti.gahrotra

‘Experience to improve mental abilities of visually-challenged’

The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) and Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) on Friday jointly launched a new initiative to support the visually challenged here in Vijayawada on Friday. The initiative is a Mobility and Sensory Stimulation Park at LVPEI’s Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus in Tadigadapa. A helpline centre at Hyderabad was remotely launched from Vijayawada on Friday.

VJTI students develop navigation device for visually impaired

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:48 -- deepti.gahrotra

Four final year B.Tech students of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) at Matunga have developed a portable device that will enable the visually impaired to navigate without any other assistance. The students claim that the device would offer unprecedented autonomy for the visually impaired.

The device will be unveiled on Wednesday at a school for the blind and will be exhibited during the annual technological festival of the institute, Technovanza, in December.

Crowdsourcing app MySmartEye helps visually-impaired 'see'

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 11:54 -- deepti.gahrotra

Summary: The visually-impaired can find out what's in front of them by snapping a picture, where a global network of volunteers can then key in their comments, which are read out over the blind user's smartphone.

SINGAPORE--Local telco StarHub has launched a crowdsourcing mobile app called MySmartEye to help the blind worldwide "see". The application connects the visually-impaired with a global network of volunteers who help describe the contents of the pictures they take.

Audible signals are in place at some Lyndhurst crosswalks

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:02 -- deepti.gahrotra

You may be wondering why the beeping is going on at the crosswalks of three intersections in the city — but don’t be nervous, it’s just the among the latest improvements to help the visually impaired and other residents.

The Lyndhurst Audible Signal Project is complete, with new accessible pedestrian signals on Mayfield Road at the Brainard, Richmond and Winchester-Irene roads intersections.

Device that can help blind 'see' through ears

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:04 -- deepti.gahrotra

How well can you 'see' with your ears? Scientists claim to have developed a "revolutionary" new device that helps blind people 'see' by using sounds to build an image in their minds of the things around them.

The new sensory substitution device 'vOICe' trains the brain to turn sounds into images and could be used as an alternative to invasive treatment for blind and partially-sighted people, researchers said. 

T.V. Raman’s Audio Deja Vu: From Google, a Math-Reading System for the Web

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:15 -- deepti.gahrotra

Almost exactly 20 years ago, T.V. Raman built a system for reading math out loud as his PhD project at Cornell.

After being raised in Pune, India and becoming blind at age 14, Raman had learned to program with someone standing behind him to read the display. He wanted to help other people gain access to the world of math by giving them an audio interface that could render complex technical documents that they could read for themselves.

So Raman built it himself — and named the math-reading project Aster, after his first seeing-eye dog.

Tech empowers disabled people

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:03 -- deepti.gahrotra

AHMEDABAD: The ever-expanding technology that has touched thousands of lives has also helped the disabled to keep pace with the world. However, equally important is the social attitude towards them and educational opportunities for them, opined the experts at a three-day conference in the city.
Blind People's Association (BPA) and Sense International have jointly hosted the Asian Conference for Blindness and Deaf-blindness which began from Friday. More than 350 delegates from Asian, European and American countries participated in the event.

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