Equipped with a color 3D camera, an inertial measurement sensor, and its own on-board computer, a newly improved robotic cane could offer blind and visually impaired users a new way to navigate indoors.
Smart LED light bulbs for the elderly, the latest innovation from Chula and its partners, can do more than emitting light. They enhance the contrast among the primary colors of light thereby improving visibility and reducing accidents in the elderly. The product is expected to hit the market in May.
The latest episode of “On Tech and Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” centers on the place where big ideas are born – the human brain. The host, Calvin W. Roberts, MD, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, explores theories of brain plasticity, sensory substitution, and sensory augmentation with his guests Dr. Patricia Grant, Director of Clinical Research at Wicab Inc., and Dr. John-Ross Rizzo, Director of Innovation and Technology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Department of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center.
Researchers now report an improved material that could take braille displays to the next level, allowing those who are blind or who have low vision to more easily understand text and images, while lowering cost.
The number of older Americans with low vision is expected to double in the coming years, as more people live longer. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is taking the opportunity of September’s Healthy Aging Month to let people know they can retain their independence and stay safe, despite declining vision.