Wearable For Visually Impaired Is A Guide For Indoor Spaces
Toyota's new project provides more freedom, independence and confidence
Toyota is developing a wearable device for blind and visually impaired people that could enrich their lives and address mobility challenges. Project BLAID is worn around the neck, sitting on the shoulders of the wearer and helping improve their navigation by guiding them through indoor spaces.
The device is equipped with cameras that detect the wearer’s surroundings and communicate information through speakers and vibration motors. The wearer can interact with the device using voice recognition and buttons. Project BLAID could improve how the blind and visually impaired find their way in places such as office buildings and shopping malls by helping them to identify features like bathrooms, escalators, stairs, and doors.