Innovation: technology for disability
While accessibility issues for people with disabilities in public places remain topical despite the law, some innovations have not been long in making life easier for the visually impaired. Focus on these initiatives
Science Fiction Optical Technology for the Blind
Second Sight has created a revolutionary retinal prosthesis system called Argus II .
This is nothing more than a bionic eye to electrically stimulate the retina to trigger a visual perception for the blind.
It works through a mini video camera in the glasses, which sends the information to a computer that processes the information before sending it back to the glasses. ]
Thanks to a retinal implant , the signals are sent in the form of electrical impulses to the undamaged cells, allowing the perception of luminous forms!
Worldwide, two hundred and fifty people have already been able to benefit …
This system only applies to people whose blindness is of degenerative origin.
New mobile application: when the smartphone becomes a guide
While the conditions for access to the visually impaired are constantly growing, it can be difficult to find a bus stop in a bus station, to head to the elevator in an unknown building or to enjoy a building not equipped with accessibility standards.
The Audiospot mobile application tries to counter these difficulties by proposing to transform a smartphone into a real guide. An amazing way to use GPS technology !
For example, when approaching a bus stop, your phone tells you the name of the stop, the direction and the lines concerned. =]
Near a building, information prior to its access will be transmitted (access to the code, direction to the elevator, to the home …)
This audio guidance system requires setting up tags that can be ordered directly via the application.
(To discover other applications for the visually impaired, you can consult one of our recent articles on the subject) [ =]
And you, have you spotted any innovations in optical technology likely to change the game in the coming years for users?