ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2008) — “Eyes on the future” is the mantra of the ‘World Sight Day’ held this month to raise awareness of blindness and vision impairment. New technologies, developed by European researchers offering the visually impaired greater independence, live up to this vision.
Many of the most innovative systems have been created by a consortium of companies and research institutes working in the EU-funded ENABLED project.
The project has led to 17 prototype devices and software platforms being developed to help the visually impaired, two of which have been patented.
Guide dogs, canes, Braille and screen readers that turn digital text into spoken audio all help to improve the lives of the blind or severely visually impaired, but none of these tools can make up for having a friend or relative accompany a blind person around and assist them in their daily life. However, a human helper is not always available.To view this complete article, please click the title above.