Toyota’s Experimental Wearable Will Help Blind People Navigate Indoor Environments

Project BLAID

Toyota’s Project BLAID is a shoulder-worn wearable that could help blind and visually impaired people navigate around indoor environments.

The wearable scans the environment using built-in cameras and can pick out important environmental elements like stairs, elevators, and exit signs. Toyota says that it is also working on facial recognition software, as well as the ability to map and identify specific objects.

Project BLAID then gives the wearer information about the environment using vibrations and audio cues.

Toyota is currently developing Project BLAID, but hopes that it will be ready for a beta test in the near future. You can get an idea of how the technology works, and how it may benefit visually impaired people, in Toyota’s video.

 

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