Dutch AI firm Envision enables Google Glass to help the Visually Impaired "See"

Dutch AI firm Envision enables Google Glass to help the Visually Impaired "See"

The wearer could use the glasses to read a recipe from a cookery book, get to the grocery store, find ingredients on the shelves, and then return home to prepare the dish
Dutch AI firm Envision enables Google Glass to help the Visually Impaired "See"
Pre-orders begin on March 9 for USD 1,699. Retail Price from August 2020 USD 2,099

The Envision Glasses, developed by The Hague, Netherlands based AI firm speaks about the users surroundings.

Envision has claimed that its software is the fastest and most accurate among other softwares in reading Optical Character Recognition or OCR and is capable of reading in nearly 60 languages that are is written on any surface, be it food labels or handwriting.

Enabling its software with the much maligned Google Glass, the firm has claimed that this set of AI enabled glasses will help the blind and visually impaired to perpetually "ses" annd understand their surroundings.

The AI software will extract visual information from the surroundings and loudly announce the results of what it sees to the wearer. The surroundings or environment could include weather, trees, people, belongings oor public transport. It will be able to read books, name friends by analyzing their faces, and describe their surroundings such as train signs and road signs and inform on street hazards.

Watch How Envision AI enabled Google Glass will work

Envision Software in these glasses will help the wearer read grocery store information, shop at the store based on the food labels, read a cokkery book, novel, magazine, newspaper, etc.

The Google Glass, which failed as a consumer product but lived on as an enterprise, as a hand free computiing tool for warehouses and factories, is set to return as a consumer device.

Pre-orders in the US have begun on 9 March, at a starting price of USD 1,699. Once the shipping starts in August 2020, they will retail for USD 2,099.

Though the price of the equipment is still out of reach of the over 250 million visually impaired globally, it will still dramatically improve the life of those who can afford it.  Funding institutions and CSR budgets of companies can well go into purchasing these devices in bulk and selliing them at affordable prices.  Google Glass was'nt such a bad idea after all.

Source: The Next Web (Article originally written by Thomas Macaulay)

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