Portable "Seeing-Eye" Computer In The Works
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 31, 2004
DAYTON, OHIO--Researchers at Wright State University's College of Engineering and Computer Science are designing a computerized "seeing" assistant to help blind people read books, access Web pages, recognize faces and navigate unfamiliar rooms.
Tyflos -- which means "blind" in Greek -- is the name the design team has given to the portable system that changes visual images into verbal messages for the user. Still in the development stages, the system consists of a tiny camera mounted on a pair of glasses, a laptop carried in a backpack, a headset and a microphone.
The system uses iCare technology which translates text into a synthesized voice. This allows the user to 'read' text in a book, computer screen, dinner menu or medication package.
The designers are also working on technology that would allow Tyflos users to ask questions and get answers about their environment, such as where furniture is located, and who is in the room.
The estimated price tag for Tyflos is $3,500. Designers hope the cost will be reduced as time goes by.
"Seeing-Eye Computer Guides Blind" (Wired)
"Prototype system developed by Wright State computer engineer allows blind to 'see'" (Wright State University)