Smart Vision Glasses PLUS
VISION-AID’S SVG PROGRAM & ITS SUCCESSES
India is home to 5 million people with visual impairment as per census 2011, contributing to a huge economic burden. Assistive technology has proved to transform this economic burden to economic prosperity. Whilst advancements in the use of Assistive technologies have successfully transformed lives of thousands of visually impaired persons, at the same time millions of visually impaired persons continue to be excluded from the socio economic mainstream due to poverty and a lack of access to Assistive technology and its innovations.
Vision-Aid, along with its partners, have been in the forefront of providing assistive devices to visually impaired beneficiaries across India. Over the last decade or so, Vision-Aid has successfully distributed 1000’s of assistive devices, which includes Digital Magnifiers, Smartphones, Smart Vision Glasses and so on. In 2022, Vision-Aid along with its partner Tress for Life Foundation in India distributed 100 Smart vision glasses to deserving beneficiaries across India.
THE NEED FOR SMART VISION GLASSES
Today’s Artificial Intelligence-based glasses available from the USA and Europe are very expensive (typical price is around INR 400,000) and unaffordable to many in India.
Therefore, Vision-Aid has invested in and has been working collaboratively with its partner SHG Technologies to manufacture and distribute Smart Vision Glasses in India at a fraction of the cost.
ABOUT SMART VISION GLASSES
The Smart Vision glass is an innovative and affordable wearable device which can help the visually impaired read, navigate, recognize objects and people, and is designed with a mix of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Vision, and Machine Learning. It is a Virtual guide to the blind/visually impaired and improves their ability to live independent life.
This device is an innovation of SHG Technologies, a Bangalore based technology start-up, in collaboration with Vision-Aid. The reading function supports several Indian languages and can read both printed and handwritten text
Today’s Artificial Intelligence-based glasses available from the USA and Europe are very expensive (typical price is around INR 400,000) and unaffordable to many in India. Therefore, Vision-Aid has invested in and has been working collaboratively with its partner SHG Technologies to manufacture and distribute Smart Vision Glasses in India at a fraction of the cos
The Smart Vision Glass has four important features as part of its innovating design. They are:
Identifying Things Around You
All kinds of objects in front of the device are identified. Few objects which are around us like Outdoor – road, lamp post, zebra crossing, trees and Indoors objects like window, curtain, table, laptop, mobile, bottle. The user gets familiar with their surroundings
Helps in reading text / manuscript like printed book, hand written etc. User can pause to understand the text, resume back to continue reading and finally stop the flow of reading. It supports English, Hindi & all Indian regional languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati.
Safety is our number one priority. Walking assistance simply detects if any obstacle is in front of the user by a method of measurement distance and hindrance. Timely voice alerts are given to the user’s precaution
Not only does calling someone by their name connect you better with that person, it also increases accountability, trust, empathy, and positive communication. Here we have Facial storage and Face recognition for visually impaired. A facial recognition system is a technology capable of matching a human face from a stored facial database of faces
The Smart Vision Glasses PLUS device is built to empower those with visual impairment and includes features like:
- Braille-coded and Smart touch keys for easy operation
- Emergency/panic button that sends one’s location to their family members
- Works in varied light conditions, and uses LIDAR Technology for obstacle identification
- Is light-weight, has an audio tutorial that reads in English and Hindi
- Has automatic device updation
- Works offline for obstacle detection
IMPACT OF SVG SO FAR
About 800 visually impaired people have benefitted with the device. Now they ca
- Read books of their choice (non-Braille coded)
- Get to know the things around them
- Walk without running into obstacles
- Identify their friends and family
In a recent pilot done by Vision-Aid among 100 Smart Vision Glass users, the following impact were observed.
- 98.8% of the users found the device useful to them
- 87.1% of the users felt the device is easy to handle
- Users rated reading assistance as the most liked feature followed by Things around you
- 58.8% of the users liked to use the device indoor and 33% of the users liked to use it outdoor
We find the device to have maximum impact on the following:
- Students who are pursuing higher education or preparing for competitive exams
- Professionals who do white-collar jobs
- In libraries where students can use it for reading books
TRAINING & SUPPORT
Purpose: Training is a critical piece of the success in the implementation of the project. Improved skills and knowledge at all levels increase competency and productivity. The focus is to improve trainer’s proficiencies so that participants have a positive learning experience.
Model: Training the trainer
Duration: 2-Day Train the trainer course
Audience: Rehabilitation Trainers and facilitators
Considerable Research and development efforts are being put to implement features that make the device more useful and Vision impaired friendly. The future product will be light weight with electronics built into temples, Improved sensor and AI/ML technology, increasing functions, bone conduction technology and multiple ASP models.
ABOUT VISION-AID & SHG TECHNOLOGIES PARTNERSHIP
As SHG Technologies Co-Founder & CEO Mr. Ramu Muthangi says, “Our mission is to make the blind population’s dream of “seeing” this world come true with the smart vision. We aim to bring hope and advancement in life to 15 million people totally visually impaired and 65 million partially visually impaired in India alone, including 1.6 million children currently attending blind schools. We can achieve these through NGOs such as Vision-Aid which will be able to donate devices to schools and other organizations.”
ENDORSEMENTS FROM DOCTORS
Watch this video to hear endorsements from Doctors.