When Google Glass smart specs first appeared nearly a decade ago, people gawked. But they also balked. Remember the term “Glassholes”? Still, though Glass never made it to retail shelves, an enterprise edition is serving as the basis for some interesting, useful and perhaps even life-altering tech.
Envision’s smart glasses use artificial intelligence to help people who are blind or visually impaired better understand their surroundings. The specs can scan objects, people and text, and then relay that information to the wearer by way of a small built-in speaker.
Wearers can even start a video call with friends or family members and have those folks describe the scene the device’s camera is showing them. “I called up one of my colleagues … and said, ‘What do you see?’ and she described the environment to me,” one user told CNET’s Abrar Al-Heeti.
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