Innovation for Independence

GOGGLE FOR PARTIALLY SIGHTED

Publish date:
16/01/2015 - 11:53am
Last updated:
18/01/2015 - 1:40am
Author:
Rakesh

Sight is the most important sense of all. More than 2 million people in UK are partially sighted, its hard for them to navigate, do household things, read, watch TV and many more. We are developing a product named Euler, which is a smart goggle, that enable the partially sighted to see regions which are not in their visual field. The idea is to make a goggle which incorporates a camera, microcontroller and a pair of OLED screen. We are developing a program (algorithm), which will be capable of transform the image based upon the person special needs. Retinal degeneration is progressive, our program will enable the person to customize the program as the disease progress. This will be first of it's kind, a system which dynamically change based upon the person needs (with calibration).

Insight & Impact

I am a final year PhD student working on retinal degeneration and our group comprises Ophthalmologist, one research scientist working on vision research and one research scientist specialized in image and video processing. We have better understanding on the retinal degeneration and our Ophthalmologist working together with wide range of visually impaired people. We are aware of the difficulties faced by the patient with progressive deteriorating sight. This product will enable the people with partial sight to easily navigate in a busy environment, do shopping, travel independently and watch TV and read (planning to incorporate the program we working in tablets and game consoles in a app format). We hope this product will make partial sighted less dependent and carry out everyday activities, moreover this device will enable to improve data collection to understand the disease progression, which help researchers working towards developing treatments for eye disorders.

Skills needed for this project

  • Software developer