Low-power chip processes 3-D camera data, could enable wearable device to guide the visually …

A new device lets visually impaired users carry a mechanical Braille interface developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which conveys information about the distance to the nearest obstacle in the direction the user is moving. MIT researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3-D camera data that could help visually impaired people navigate their environments. The chip consumes only one-thousandth as much power as a conventional computer processor executing the same algorithms. Using their chip, the researchers also built a prototype of a complete navigation system for the visually impaired. About the size of a binoculars case and similarly worn around the neck, the system uses an experimental 3-D camera from Texas Instruments. The user carries a mechanical Braille interface developed at MIT’s Computer Science and…


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