Iain's research project focuses on improving the effectiveness of wearable electronic visual aids. Before joining the Clinical Ophthalmology Research Group as an MSc student, he worked for four years in a research group developing wearable visual prosthetic devices known as 'Smart Glasses' for restoration of functional vision to visually impaired patients.
Iain's background in Computer Science not only permits him to design the computer software required for generation of high-contrast renditions of the external environment which enable visually impaired patients to make sense of their surroundings, but also enables him to design and construct the advanced electronic components required for functioning of the Smart Glasses.
At present, the Smart Glasses perform well with tasks such as mobility and are particularly useful for visually impaired patients suffering from loss of peripheral vision. Iain is now concentrating on enhancing the Smart Glasses for facial and textual recognition, as well as improving their applicability and utility for visually impaired patients suffering from loss of central vision.