Congratulations to the UK’s Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and the University of Oxford for winning the public vote and £500,000 in Google’s £3.2M UK Impact Challenge.
As part of their winning project a team at the University led by Dr Stephen Hicks researched low-cost and non-invasive wearable technologies based on depth-cameras and see-through displays to enhance the residual sight of blind and visually impaired people. The glasses use a specially adapted 3D camera to capture images, which are then used to separate out nearby shapes and objects and highlight them clearly on the inside of small transparent displays.
These displays form part of the lenses of the glasses, allowing people to use their own vision as much as possible. The £500,000 funding will enable RNIB and Oxford University to create 100 pairs of smart glasses and test them with 1,000 people. This will be the first large-scale test of smart glasses and augmented reality for sight enhancement.