Microsoft has been developing a ‘smart headband’ to aid people who are blind in ‘seeing’ the world around them. The Microsoft device helps those with low vision or who are blind through audio instructions about their surroundings delivered to an ear piece.
The device is still in the early stages of development and remains a research project for now. However, it is being tested by a group of eight people who are blind in the area of Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading. Reportedly, testing has occurred around the busy Reading train station, helping the group navigate staircases, escalators platforms and ticket barriers.
This concept video created in 2012 gives and idea of what using the devise may be like.