|Smart Sixth Sense|
| Posted on 30/05/2014 - 15:53|
Cross the streets, get into a shop, recognize a friend on a street; most of us can do these simple actions easily. What about blind or visually impaired people? Even they should be able to do these actions. Smart Sixth Sense makes it possible!
Currently, for blind or visually impaired people, even the simplest daily actions (such as crossing the road) become insurmountable challenges that affect their lives. Often, these people are forced to rely on the help of specific supports, such as a seeing eye dog. Even if these supports can improve the mobility of blind or visually impaired people, they do not make them completely independent and, mostly, safe. Furthermore, a seeing eye dog is not able to do some things that current mobile devices make it possible, for instance helping to reach a given destination or "talking" with them. Our idea arises from the desire to realize a device that allows blind people to get an autonomy and a mobility level unreachable for them by using the already existing supports.
This device is conceived especially for blind or visually impaired people. It is essentially a pair of smart glasses having several sensors and software programs. It supports a blind or visually impaired person during her/his daily activities. For instance, if (thanks to the usage of a facial recognition software) it recognizes that a friend is approaching her/him, it "tells" its owner about this arrival. Analogously, if it recognizes an obstacle, it describes to its owner how to go around the obstacle itself (thanks to the support of sensors and a suitable software). Furthermore, if its owner is in a given place, it can guide her/him to go back home (thanks to suitable software based on GPS and Maps). Many other features could be designed for this device.
Target group and social impact
Smart Sixth Sense has been conceived for all those people who, being blind or visually impaired, are not able to carry out the most basic daily actions. The desire of this people is to have a daily life almost like the one of normally-sighted persons. Our device tries to satisfy this need. If we consider that, in the world, there are 39 million blind people and 246 million visually impaired ones (see the World Health Organization statistics), we can easily foresee that the social impact of this device could be enormous. Interestingly, allowing these people to be more independent has a positive impact also on those persons who look after them. Indeed, these persons are more free and, at the same time, more unapprehensive.
Competences of the applicant
Barbiana 2.0 is a research laboratory and an incubator of innovative ideas at University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria. Its main skills regard Mobile Computing, Crowdsourcing, Social Networking, Artificial Intelligence. EssereStartUp ascertained the world of startups and launched "pro bonus" activities for those who dediced to "jump directly in the game" by starting their own business.
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