Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.

 

Thomas Edison

Microsoft working on Alice-band device to help blind

RATE THIS! +32
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.

Tags: visionblindnessMicrosoftdisabilityhardware

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-15
+2
Think jordi in star trek. This has to be based on the Microsoft Kinect
3 Replies
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
Reply
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


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Hardware on 2018-09-25 00:45:42
    Elon Musk estimates 2028 to realize Mars Base Alpha..read more
    Posted in Business on 2018-09-23 22:27:41
    Google is bringing support for all Android apps to.....read more
    Posted in Business on 2018-09-23 22:21:19
    China increasing industrial robots by ten times to 1.8.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2018-09-20 13:37:56
    Electricity boosts crop yield by 30% while reducing.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2018-09-20 13:31:25
    DARPA funds developing Quantized Inertia into.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    In five years quantum computing will be mainstream..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Google partners with Johnson and Johnson to make lower cost.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Electron holography microscope with spatial resolution down to.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Lower cost advanced Nuclear power could dominate future US energy..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Why Hasn’t AI Mastered Language Translation?..read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me