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Glasses for visually impaired people, offer hope

Smart glasses developed at Oxford University for the registered blind are being trialled in public spaces for the first time.

This is a  story of hope, and for me, one of excitement –  this is when technology goes from being a useful tool, to increasing people’s quality of life, possibly  ten fold. The glasses enhance images of nearby people and objects on to the lenses, providing a much clearer sense of surroundings. The glasses don’t replace lost vision but assist with spatial awareness.

We eventually want to have a product that will look like a regular pair of glasses and cost no more than a few hundred pounds – about the same as a smart phone

Dr Stephen Hicks

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