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Smartglasses help the visually-impaired to use smartphones

by • April 24, 2016 • No Comments

Smartphone users with limited vision can frequently use the phone’s zoom showcase, manufacturing one section of the phone’s display larger and thus simpler to see. The problem is, it can be complex to store track of which part of the overall display they’re zoomed-in on. That is definitely why researchers of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear have created a Google Glass-based alternative.

In the new process, users navigate across the phone’s display via head movements – moving their head up takes them to the top of the screen, moving it to the left takes them screen-left, and so on. The glasses correspondingly display an enlarged view of which part of the phone’s screen.

The thought is which users can yet get a sense of context, by appearing directly at the phone’s screen for a wide view of the webpage or other content which they’re exploring. To get a nearer and clearer appear at any part of which content, they only move their head in the appropriate way, to get a close-up of it on the glasses.

In lab tests, two groups of volunteers had to deplete the same smartphone-based tasks – one group utilized the standard zoom showcase to view the phone’s screen, while the other group utilized the Google Glass-based process. Overall, the Glass-using group was 28 percent faster.

The researchers are now appearing at incorporating other head gestures into the process, to perform tasks other than only moving inside the display.

You can see the process in use, in the video at a lower place. A paper on the research was not long ago published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.

Source: Massachusetts Eye and Ear

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