Toyota wearable camera developed as aid for blind
Toyota is researching new ways of helping blind and visually impaired people enjoy greater freedom with a new wearable mobility device based on camera technology. The device, developed as part of Project Blaid, helps the wearer navigate indoor spaces, such as office buildings and shopping malls, by identifying features such as escalators, stairs, doors and toilet facilities.
A camera detects the user’s surroundings and communicates information through speakers and vibration motors. In turn, the user will be able to interact with the device using voice recognition and control buttons.
The imaging software detects objects like doorways or exit signs and communicates where those objects are in relation to the position of the person. It might tell the user that there is a bathroom at 10 o’clock, for instance.
Toyota plans to develop the device with integrated mapping, object identification and facial recognition functions.
Simon Nagata, Toyota North America executive vice president and chief administrative officer, said: ‘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. We want to extend the freedom of mobility for all, no matter their circumstance, location or ability.’