Tagged: Vision impairment

Microsoft’s leading machine learning platform Cortana Intelligence Suite to help fight blindness

Microsoft to help fight blindness

The prestigious L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in India has been working with global academic, medical, and technology institutes to enhance the quality of eye-care and to make it accessible to more people across the world. Now, Microsoft has announced collaboration with the LVPEI with the launch of Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE). So, it has now become mission-driven global consortium of experts from every corner of the world. It matters a lot for estimated 285 million people suffering from blindness or eye-related diseases worldwide. Out this total sum, 55 million are in India only. By 2020, number of children with blindness is estimated to reach 2 million. Read More…

Bionic contact lens will give sensory vision to the blind

Bionic contact lens

Much like a braille is used provide a sense of vision to the blind, now touch can also be deciphered to the brain and visualize what the blind is looking at. Israeli researcher Professor Zeev Zalevsky (Bar-IIAN University) has invented new bionic contact lens that uses electrical signals from transponder and then transmits that encoded image via the lens to the wearer’s camera, thereafter the image is translated into tactile sensation that can be felt by the visually impaired. In the eye there are 600 times more sensors in the cornea than the fingertips so the blind can sense the image at very high resolution. This sensation is very close to feeling person’s face with one hand. Somehow this new innovation differs from the artificial retinas as they last only couple of years and provide image at very low resolution.
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