Startup VA-ST has developed SmartSpecs that help the visually impaired see more clearly with help of augmented reality

VA-ST is a startup from the University of Oxford that has developed a wearable that allow the legally blind to see. Technically a head-worn computer, the SmartSpecs use cameras and an on-board computer to generate easy-to-view frames.

The SmartSpecs device is simple to put on, sits comfortably on the eyes and is very portable. Despite its size, the device has three camera sensors, a processor and a display.

For people with difficulty in seeing colors and contrast, the glasses can convert scenes into simple, high-contrast image fields. This can help legally-blind people see object locations in relevance to other items in the scene.

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