The wearable device uses cameras to assist the visually impaired wearer in recognizing his or her surroundings.
The device by Toyota will help the visually impaired to achieve greater mobility.
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The wearable being developed is worn on the shoulders and uses cameras to recognise surroundings. The device then transfers the information to the wearer through speakers and vibration motors.
Toyota released the details of the device earlier in the week, but no release date has been set. The project is also working to introduce mapping, object identification and facial recognition technologies
After the announcement by Toyota the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) called it an exciting development. The device was developed as part of a project called Blaid.
Robin Spinks is the senior strategy manager at the RNIB. According to Spinks the announcement is a very exciting development. The development is more special within the rapidly growing field of wearable assistive technology.
Mobility is at the heart of so much in society. A device such as Blaid could open up limitless possibilities for millions of blind and partially sighted people.
“Project BLAID is one example of how Toyota is leading the way to the future of mobility, when getting around will be about more than just cars,” said Simon Nagata, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Toyota Motor North America. “We want to extend the freedom of mobility for all, no matter their circumstance, location or ability.”
“Toyota is more than just the great cars and trucks we build; we believe we have a role to play in addressing mobility challenges, including helping people with limited mobility do more,” said Doug Moore, Manager, Partner Robotics, Toyota.
“We believe this project has the potential to enrich the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired.”
Toyota has stated the device is not meant to replace current aids for blind people. The device will further help fill the gaps left by already present technologies.
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Toyota even stated the device was primarily intended to help users navigate indoors. The device is an example of how Toyota is leading the way to the future of mobility.