Visual Assistant Ring

Point this ring at an object and tell it what you need to know about the object. Tell the ring you need to know distance or color or currency or information from a tag. The ring takes a picture of the object and sends it to a smartphone where the image is analyzed and results are returned in audio form. This seems to be a crude and awkward prototype, which has a lot of potential to improve over time and to be integrated with other systems.

EyeRing – [mit.edu]

EyeRing is a wearable intuitive interface that allows a person to point at an object to see or hear more information about it. We came up with the idea of a micro camera worn as a ring on the index finger with a button on the side, which can be pushed with the thumb to take a picture or a video that is then sent wirelessly to a mobile phone to be analyzed. The user receives information about the object in either auditory or visual form. Future versions of our proposed system may include more sensors to allow non-visual data capture and analysis. This finger-worn configuration of sensors opens up a myriad of possible applications for the visually impaired as well as the sighted.

EyeRing finger-mounted connected cam captures signs and dollar bills, identifies them with OCR (hands-on) – [engadget.com]

Ready to swap that diamond for a finger-mounted camera with a built-in trigger and Bluetooth connectivity? If it could help identify otherwise indistinguishable objects, you might just consider it. The MIT Media Lab’s EyeRing project was designed with an assistive focus in mind, helping visually disabled persons read signs or identify currency, for example, while also serving to assist children during the tedious process of learning to read. Instead of hunting for a grownup to translate text into speech, a young student could direct EyeRing at words on a page, hit the shutter release, and receive a verbal response from a Bluetooth-connected device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

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