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Image-based vibration alerting technology for the blind

A Czech university research centre has developed a unique image-based vibration alerting technology for blind people. The technology is based on mediating the surrounding scene to blind people. The scene is captured by a real-life camera video stream and is transformed into haptic information about perceived distance of obstacles.

The technology prototype has been tested within the blind community with positive feedback. People were able to recognise objects in the neighbourhood and navigate themselves through structured and cluttered environments. Also, they were able to avoid tree branches and other obstacles that can hardly be detected with a white cane.

The research centre offers the rights for the technology application by manufacturers under a license agreement. This also includes verifying final properties of the technology and setting it up for production under a technical cooperation agreement. Subsequent cooperation during the technology expansion under a research cooperation agreement is also possible.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please click here to email Mike Brown at  quoting reference number TOCZ20180924001.

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