Nowadays, machine learning and vision technology are playing a more and more important role in many fields. In addition to the well-known unmanned self driving and UAV, have you ever thought that it can help the visually impaired one day?
Eyra, a Swiss start-up, has developed Horus, a wearable device that can help blind people “see”.
According to the data, Horus equipment includes Horus core and Horus eyes. The Horus core is only the size of a spectacle case, including NVIDIA Jetson modules, batteries, etc., which can be understood as a mini computer. Horus eyes consists of two full HD cameras and a pair of aftershokz bone conduction headphones.
After the visually impaired wear the Horus device, Horus eyes will transfer the information they have captured to the Horus core. With the help of computer vision and machine learning technology, the audio data will be transmitted back to the bone conduction headset of Horus eyes after being processed by NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip. Because the sound source itself also has orientation, the user can hear the general direction of the obstacle. Bone conduction earphones ensure that people with hearing impairment can be used normally in noisy environment.
At present, it is known that Horus can recognize words, objects, faces and scenes. When blind people read books and magazines, they listen instead of read; When shopping in the supermarket, Horus can also distinguish diet coke from ordinary coke, and even enter a door. After detection, Horus identified that “people are sitting in front of laptops”.
In addition, it is understood that Horus’s original design intention is to give the blind people the ability to live freely if they can’t change the environment around the world.