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  • Writer's pictureSamiksha Jain

AiSee Wearable Tells Blind Users What's in Their Hand

The AiSee gadget is a cutting-edge creation by scientists at the National University of Singapore, designed specifically to help blind people by explaining what objects they are holding or interacting with. This device is quite unique, taking five years to develop, and it's made to look and feel like a regular pair of earphones that use bone conduction technology. These are not your typical earphones; they are connected by a strap that wraps gently around the back of the wearer's neck. The design is sleek and discreet, ensuring that users won't feel awkward or self-conscious, unlike what might happen with more noticeable gadgets like smart glasses.

Here's how AiSee works:

One part of the earphone set includes a camera with a high-quality 13-megapixel lens pointing forward. This camera captures everything in front of the user. The other earphone has a special touchpad on its outer side, which lets users interact with the device. Inside, there's a tiny computer (microprocessor) and a battery that powers the whole system. One of the coolest features is that this device doesn't need a phone or any other gadget to work because it can connect directly to the internet all by itself.

When a user wants to know what an object is, they simply take a photo of it with the device's camera. This photo is then instantly sent through the internet to powerful computers (cloud-based AI algorithms) that look at the photo to figure out what the object is. These computers are very smart and can recognize objects by their shape, size, color, and even any writing or labels on them.

If the computers recognize the object, they send a message back to the AiSee device, and the user hears a voice in their earphones telling them what the object is. If the user wants more details, they can just ask out loud, and the AI will provide more information if it knows the answer.

One of the best things about AiSee is its simplicity and how it allows users to remain fully aware of their surroundings. Because the earphones use bone conduction, they don't block the ears, so users can still hear everything around them. This is very important for safety and comfort.

The scientists who created AiSee are now working on making it even better. They want to make it more affordable so more people can use it, more comfortable to wear, faster at processing information, and smarter at recognizing different objects.

Their goal is to make this advanced assistive AI technology available to visually impaired people in Singapore, helping them do everyday tasks on their own that they might need help with otherwise. This could be a big step forward in making daily life easier and more independent for those who are blind.


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