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Smart Glasses Help the Blind See

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Rob Spiegel
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Bringing eyesight to the blind
Rob Spiegel   11/21/2013 8:37:02 AM
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Nice article, Cabe. Electronic advancement for the diabled have been just amazing lately. This one is a true winner.

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
mrdon   11/21/2013 4:11:42 PM
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Rob

I agree. The advancement of electronics has impacted our society in unimaginable ways. I'm quite intriqued with these glasses because of the use of OLED used to display visual images for the blind. These glasses also remind me of the device Forrest Mims made to the aid the blind. If my memory is correct, he used lasers for object detection and an electronic oscillator circuit for auditory feedback. Great article Cabe!

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
Rob Spiegel   11/21/2013 10:16:51 PM
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You're describing another great gadget, MrDon. Amazing what the field of electronics is doing.

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
mrdon   11/21/2013 10:32:06 PM
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Rob

I agree. Electronics is just a fascinating field to study. One of the reasons for me wanting to teach it to adults and teenagers. I enjoy building cool electronic gadgets and writing about them in my books.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Ultimate-Microcontroller-Projects-Arduino/dp/1449360661/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385091076&sr=8-2&keywords=Don+Wilcher

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
Rob Spiegel   11/22/2013 1:16:57 AM
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That's very impressive MrDon. Looks like you've been writing about MindStorms and Arduino for quite some time. And you have a new book coming out in January. That's pretty cool.

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mrdon   11/22/2013 10:02:27 AM
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Rob

Thanks. I have a lot of fun designing and building cool electronic projects. The books allow me to share my passion with others to partake in the fun of building awesome gadgets.

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
Pubudu   11/23/2013 2:10:24 AM
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Wow mrdon the name of the book itself interesting, Why don't you share some information on design news.  

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
Charles Murray   11/21/2013 4:59:04 PM
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Between these glasses, which aid people with limited vision, and the walking stick, which can serve those with no vision, we've got two important technologies for the blind today.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   11/22/2013 12:35:52 AM
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Isn't that something, Chuck, that they would be posted on the same day? I have a feeling we're just getting started on the advances in medical technology. I think we're seeing the beginning of decades-long explosion.

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
Pubudu   11/23/2013 2:05:31 AM
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Many thanks for the article Cabe, This is where the designers and engineers should pay attention on, Helping human lives rather than attacking them. 

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Re: Bringing eyesight to the blind
Rob Spiegel   11/25/2013 10:19:36 AM
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Good point, Pubudu. We're seeing a ton of advances in help for those with disabilities as well as help in the medical field. We're seeing an explosion in new technology in these areas.

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Elizabeth M   11/25/2013 9:29:13 AM
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I agree, Rob, this is great. I've done some articles on new artificial retina technology that is equally impressive. Technology advancements to cure human limitations or diseases are seriously impressive at the moment. They will one day make a lot of incurable things that plague people now not such a big deal in the future.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/25/2013 9:39:24 AM
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I forgot to include this link in my previous comment--it's an article I wrote about one of the new artificial retinas that are helping people regain sight: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=268160

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Pubudu   11/25/2013 12:43:37 PM
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Thanks for the link Elizabeth, I have missed it ...

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Stepping stone
TJ McDermott   11/22/2013 2:12:25 AM
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Dr. Hicks is right - current eye-implantable technology IS dangerous.  But the future will have artificial eyes of some sort, be it cybernetic or organic.  Very few people would willingly keep their prescription eye glasses if artificial eyes are safe and affordable.

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A job for Google Glass?
Ken E.   11/22/2013 9:53:10 AM
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This sounds like the kind of product that might be suited to the myriad of developers out in the world of portable 'apps'.  I'd think that you could mimic many of those functions with the current capabilities of most smartphones, without all the specialized hardware.  (Blind people do not want to look like dorks either.)

For any app developers out there- You're welcome! I hope you get rich!  In this case though, perhaps open source is better.

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Procurement
jhankwitz   11/22/2013 10:36:03 AM
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Where do I get some of these to test with our 118 blind employees?

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Pubudu   11/23/2013 2:12:56 AM
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118 blind employees?...................  I did not get you

Habib Tariq
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prosthetic eye to treat blindness
Habib Tariq   11/26/2013 2:31:33 AM
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I remember watching a TED talk sometime back where they were working on the development of a prosthetic eye.
When a human eye sees an image, the retina (photoreceptor cells) converts the image into a code in the form of electrical pulses and the brain reads this code and is able to draw the image. Usually in blindness the front end receptor cells lose their function while the optic nerve is still capable of transferring the electrical signals to the brain. So they tried mimicking the function of the retina. They were able to generate the correct electrical pulses from the image but the task that remained was to successfully transferring these signals to the optic nerve.
The rapid advancement that is taking place in the medical field, in my opinion, it won't take long before we are successfully able to overcome the problem of blindness.

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Elizabeth M   11/26/2013 4:34:21 AM
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it is fascinating how quickly these technologies are moving, Habib. I also am really encouraged by the advancements in curing blindness. Lasik surgery itself seemed like a massive innovaiton but to cure total blindness would be something else entirely!

Nancy Golden
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Sci Fi meets Reality
Nancy Golden   11/26/2013 7:07:17 PM
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While the concept is somewhat different and requires a brain implant, it still amazes me how much scientific advancements are often first subjects of science fiction: La Forge VISOR

So exciting to see technology progress in this area!

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