It is not necessary to have offices around the world and billions dollars in banks to create high-tech devices useful to people. Employees from St. Petersburg, whose staff consist of only nine people, proved this. They invented 3D-glasses for the blind. Notably that one of the authors of the gadget is Maxim Spiridonov who is disabled from childhood.
How does it works
Initially device developers tried to find some ready solutions in this area to further improve it. However, it appeared that there were no developments in this direction. They had to start from scratch, but this does not become an obstacle for engineers.
The set of equipment that allows people with vision problem to gain independence includes:
Conventional glasses supported by a pair of miniature cameras;
The navigation unit, battery pack and a small computer.
Thanks to function object recognition system calculates the distance from the person to the obstacles standing in the way of the blind, and provides voice and audio prompts. Also, the ability to distinguish colors light, read the bar code printed on the product packaging. The information captured by cameras is sent to a computer that processes the data, then transferring them to the speaker in voice form.
The device does allow blind people to avoid collisions with obstacles. For example, cane with which the blind person moves, could pass a high barrier near a sidewalk. A person in this situation will stop only when physically feel obstacles that could cause injury. Electronic program will notify about anything that stands in the way of things in advance, which will avoid contact.
The novelty provoked a great interest in worldwide. Soon should begin mass production of three-dimensional glasses for people with vision problem. To do this, it is necessary to make the device more convenient to use and improve its outlook. The first fully advanced gadget will get Maxim Spiridonov, because it is thanks to his efforts blind find more independence and glasses will make their life a little more comfortable.