Audio aided ‘smart vision’ for visually challenged

The smart vision called Edison-V2 has an inbuilt wireless camera which is connected to earplugs via mobile app and helps the visually impaired play songs and reads books, news, and podcasts from the database.

Hyderabad: To provide help to visually impaired to navigate, read and enjoy all aspects of life, two Hyderabadis — Vamshi Krishna and Adarsh – are all set to launch smart glasses. The smart vision called Edison-V2 has an inbuilt wireless camera which is connected to earplugs via mobile app and helps the visually impaired play songs and reads books, news, and podcasts from the database.

Along with this, it also helps in navigation as it alerts users in case of an obstacle in front of them, and telling them to move aside. In addition, the glasses with its inbuilt artificial intelligence and machine learning technology can help users to identify currency, keys, and other such items, particularly when they are in front of them and can scan books, newspapers, billboards and read them to the user, with features like the description of a scenario from a frame.

“We developed the glasses as part of our capstone project at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and spent two-and-a-half months in developing it. We have completed the feasibility test by partnering with Devnar Foundation for Blind and the prototype is ready. We are keen to launch the product in April next year and are in talks with the State government to provide these glasses to visually impaired at a subsidised rate,” Krishna told Telangana Today.

After the feasibility study at Devnar, the company is also looking at including sign language conversion system. In terms of costing, Krishna says the product will be low cost and only the price of the wireless camera will be included in the cost. The company is planning the next demo of the product in February and are considering the recommendations provided by Devnar School that has about 500 visually impaired students for the new additions.

Krishna also runs FixU services that got funding from Facebook and KP Investments and had got recently acquired by Zobit Technologies. He is currently pursuing a course at ISB, Hyderabad and the Edision-V2 is a project that he has worked along with Adarsh at the end of the course. “Now we are planning to make it into a full-fledged product and are looking at crowdfunding to get the glasses to the market,” Krishna said.

Info: https://telanganatoday.com/audio-aided-smart-vision-for-visually-challenged

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