Posted by Jim Connolly on June 29, 2015
News reached me today of an exciting, potentially life-changing innovation for blind people. Whilst those using the device look as if they have a regular pair of smart sunglasses on, these are no ordinary smart sunglasses.
They allow the wearer to identify if the images around them are stationary or moving. As you can imagine, this is extremely useful for a blind person and helps them assess their environment more accurately.
The F.D.A. [Federal Drug Administration] issued a press release, to confirm that it has allowed the marketing of a new device, to help the blind process visual signals via their tongues.
The device referred to is The BrainPort® V100. It’s created by some very smart folks over at Wicab Inc. Very briefly, the device comes in 3 parts.
Users will need to go through 10 hours of training, in order for them to be able to use the device correctly. The makers say that in tests, the BrainPort® V100 was found to be effective in 69% of people with no usable vision — both those who were congenitally blind and those who had “acquired” blindness.
It’s inspirational to learn about the advances being made, for those with little or no vision. There’s massive potential for this device to enrich the lives of a huge number of people. In the United States alone, there are over 1.2 million people who are registered blind.
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