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Microsoft working on Alice-band device to help blind

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Posted in Business on 15th Jul, 2014 01:43 AM by AlexMuller

Microsoft has been working on a device like an Alice band that could help blind people "see" things around them. The smart headband has been piloted by a group of eight blind people in Reading, the Sunday Times reported. The device gives related information, through an earpiece, when the wearer looks at objects of interest.

 
Microsoft is not sharing any further information about the project, which has been compared to Google Glass, the search giant's smart glasses product. However, the BBC understands that Microsoft does not see its Alice band as a competitor to Google's effort. More information on the device is expected to be revealed in the next few months.
 
A concept video released in 2012 outlined some of features believed to be in the product. It has been developed as part of Cities Unlocked, a joint initiative between Microsoft, Guide Dogs and the Future Cities Catapult, a government-backed initiative looking at developing "smart" city technology.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-15
+2
Think jordi in star trek. This has to be based on the Microsoft Kinect
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-15
+1
There are other developments in this area. It ha been reported a few months ago that researchers developed a pair of glasses that use a combination of ultrasound, GPS, stereoscopic vision and artificial intelligence to help the visually impaired to navigate their environment. The device is slated to reach mass production early next year and will likely cost up to US$1,500. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-15
+2
This is the best application of wearable technology- for the medical use. Great and helpful Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-15
+2
Delays are not surprising - not even for Apple. The most important thing is to get it amazing and exiting for users and I hope Apple could deliver just that Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-15
+2
Great! As electronics keep getting much smaller, faster and less power-hungry, such devices can now start providing better guidance to their users, while becoming less intrusive and more affordable. Reply


 

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