Scientists have partially restored sight to blind people using a paradigm-shifting implant that wires images directly to the brain.
Many blind or partially sighted people rely on braille, a unique system of raised dots that can be read by touch to read.
The majority of applications for augmented reality that most people will be familiar with is how it can be used to insert virtual items in a realtime view of the world. While this is useful and entertaining, Apple has looked into ways to take advantage of augmented reality for more health related matters, such as aiding the partially sighted.
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the United States and abroad.
Technology designed for people with disabilities is generally called assistive technology. It includes various assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices, as well as the process used in selecting, locating, and using these devices. One of these devices is a cane for the blind and visually impaired is called the BAWA Cane.
Lyft announced it will partner with autonomous vehicle (AV) company Aptiv and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to provide self-driven rides to blind and low-vision passengers as part of its Las Vegas pilot program.
James Grice, a second-year University of Kent (Britain) Business School BSc (Bachelor of Science) Management student, has launched a new iPhone app designed to help make rail travel more accessible for blind and visually impaired travelers by alerting them when their train is nearing a station stop, ensuring that they don’t miss it.
A team of researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas is developing technologies that might allow a blind person to see the world through the eyes of a sighted person.
Breakthrough cornea transplants could end the need for reading glasses in future using donated corneas.
An iOS app that uses 3D audio cues to help the blind and vision-impaired navigate the world around them, made its debut last spring in the U.S. and now, the Soundscape app from Microsoft has been launched in Canada as a free download both in English and French.