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Smart Glasses

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Zara Baig

on 2 April 2015

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Transcript of Smart Glasses

How it all started?
What is it made of ?How it works?
The Impact of the technology on people and society
Thesis:
While Smart Glasses have definitely enhanced the living conditions of visually impaired individuals, it both positively and negatively impacts the society
Strategies and Projection
The product was built around the late 2014 and the team projected that in 2015, 1,000 volunteers will test the new version at home.
If all goes to plan, a spin-off company owned by Oxford University and device creator, Stephen Hicks could be selling them by 2016, priced at £300-£400.
Feedback
Hicks adds that the response to the device by the testers has been excellent,
"People have loved them. They remark how much they can see now. They can see details in faces, they can see their own hands. People have commented how they've seen their guide dog for the first time. It's a real enabler."

Launching the product
Stephen Hicks and his team from the Nuffield department of Clinical Neuroscience have been Testing several prototypes for the last couple of years
They are finally able to introduce their “ Smart Glass”; wearable technology that allows visually impaired people to see.
Smart Glasses by Mominah & Zara
Transparent OLED displays
Two small cameras
A gyroscope-helps the glasses to calculate changes in perspective as the wearer moves
A compass and GPS unit - can be used to give directions
A headphone
The latest prototype has an Epson Moverio BT 100
A depth camera and 3D printed frames
Arguments:
Positive impacts
Able to see better and live a better life
Visually impaired gain confidence
Equality within a society

Negative impact
Costly
individuals that cannot afford feel alienated and helpless
Potentially, guard dogs will go out of business in the near future
Smart Glasses
Bibliography

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/8729/20140618/smart-glasses-by-oxford-university-can-help-partially-blind-people-see.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/07/tech-innovations-improve-lives-social-impact
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/04/smart-glasses-use-3d-cameras-to-help-visually-impaired-see/

http://www.thinkpatcri.com/2015/02/smart-glasses-for-blind-with-depth.html
http://www.eye.ox.ac.uk/research/oxford-smart-specs-research-group
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blind-technologies/
The idea of smart glasses was originated from Oxford University
A £500,000 grant from the Google Impact Challenge funded the Oxford University smart glasses project to make wearable slimmed-down pair of glasses and well-programed software.
The glasses began life two years ago as chunky goggles with sets of computer screens.
While the glasses don’t replace lost vision, they assist with spatial awareness
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