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We are developing a set of 'smart' electronic glasses (‘smart specs’) to enhance sight for the visually impaired.

Experimental prototype of ‘smart glasses’ to enhance vision for poorly sighted individuals. This system has a see-through display and a special type of camera that can detect and highlight nearby objects.
Experimental prototype of ‘smart glasses’ to enhance vision for poorly sighted individuals. This system has a see-through display and a special type of camera that can detect and highlight nearby objects.

We work on the development and experimental validation of a set of 'smart' electronic glasses to improve the sight of the visually impaired.

Dr Hicks' work is truly inspirational; his invention has the potential to transform the lives of many. - Professor Anthony Cheetham, Vice President and Treasurer of the Royal Society

Most legally blind people still have some residual vision, and this is exploited by the smart glasses. By using information from a depth camera as well as computer vision strategies to reduce the complex visual scene to its most basic, task-relevant elements, the smart glasses allow severely visually impaired people to get more information from their residual vision, and maintain a greater degree of independence.

We are based in the OcuLab at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and work in close collaboration with the Torr Vision group in the department of Engineering.

 

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