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Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
11/21/2013

Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.   (Source: Dr. Stephen Hicks/University of Oxford)
Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
(Source: Dr. Stephen Hicks/University of Oxford)

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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!

Elizabeth M
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Re: prosthetic eye to treat blindness
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!

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.

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

Rob Spiegel
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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.

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

Elizabeth M
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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.

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

Pubudu
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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
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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