Scientists from Georgia have designed a backpack with artificial intelligence for the blind, thanks to which they may no longer need a guide dog or a sighted assistant. The device is equipped with a small computer inside the backpack and with special cameras located in a vest to give a picture of the environment. The system recognizes street signs, traffic lights, obstacles, bicycles, cars, lawns and other objects. The information, along with tips and audio notifications, is converted into speech signals and reaches the blind through a bluetooth headset. The smart backpack works with a battery that allows use for up to 8 hours.

The main developer, Jagadish Mahendran, a computer specialist at the University of Georgia, said he was impressed by the difficulties faced by the blind. He watched his blind friend and was inspired to create an innovative device to help visually impaired people be more secure and independent. 

Source: 24 chasa