Tunisian university students have invented smart glasses with a small camera that helps the blind recognise their surroundings through voice messages that provide detailed data on nearby physical objects to aid the visually impaired in their movement.
According to Abdul Razzaq Hashani, an engineer and university professor, the smart glasses were programmed using the same algorithms as cell phones to process information and images and then send signals to the headphones about their surroundings.
Hashani added that the Ministry of Social Affairs commended their project and expressed interest in the prototype they developed.
Students explained that their innovation consists of three components, a bracelet, a white stick, and glasses equipped with a camera, all connected to each other. With these glasses, they said, blind people can know exactly what is going on around them.
The development of smart glasses has been well received by Tunisians, with many visually impaired people and their families contacting researchers to see if they can be obtained
“Most of the innovations that concern the visually impaired are focused on developing a white stick that enables them to identify their narrow surroundings only, and its range does not exceed one meter,” said the head of the school’s research team on the Internet of Things and RFID technologies.
“Therefore, our goal was to work on a technical solution that helps blind people navigate as independently as possible, by providing data about the physical objects around them.”