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Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

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Inner workings of the wearable device.

A wearable device reduced collisions and falls in those who are visually impaired by more than a third, researchers report.

Credit: Mass Eye and Ear

A wearable computer vision device developed by Harvard Medical School scientists may help reduce collisions and other accidents for the blind and visually impaired.

The device includes a data recording unit enclosed in a sling backpack with a camera on the strap, and two Bluetooth-connected wristbands.

The researchers said a processing unit records images from the camera and analyzes collision risk based on the motion of incoming and surrounding objects within the field of view.

The left-hand or right-hand wristband will vibrate an alert depending on which side a potential collision is coming from, while both wristbands vibrate when a potential head-on collision is detected.

Data from the study showed the solution cut the risk for collisions and falls by nearly 40% compared with other mobility aids, when used in combination with a long cane or guide dog.

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