AI-powered smart glasses for the blind can read and recognize faces

a powerful smart device

‘Everyone has the right to live in a world without borders’ says Karthik Kannan, co-founder of a company called Envision that designs smart glasses for blind and visually impaired users. “Our mission is to improve the lives of the two billion people who are blind or partially sighted by providing them with life-changing assistive technologies, products and services.”


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Imagine glasses

Developed on the Enterprise edition of Google Glass, the smart glasses harness the power of artificial intelligence to extract different types of information from images and then speak them to users in over 60 different languages. With its 8MP camera, the glasses can scan digital and handwritten text from any surface, such as books, letters or labels, and convert them into speech. The device can also provide detailed descriptions of outdoor scenes and conduct private and secure video calls with trusted users. Additional features include Color Detection, Light Detection, Object Recognition and Facial Recognition, meaning users can pick red socks from their white laundry, know when a light is still on, find personal belongings and identify colleagues in an instant.

AI-powered smart glasses for the blind can read and recognize faces
the glasses can scan and read back prescriptions

The Envision goggles are built as a platform and are continuously updated with new features and functionalities. Kannan explains, “By analyzing real-time user data and instant feedback from across our community, we are able to continuously enrich the Envision experience and innovate our products, most recently with the addition of our new capture and context features.”

In addition to the smart glasses, Envision’s visual recognition software is also available as an iOS and Android app.

Envision was founded in 2017 by Karthik Mahadevan and Karthik Kannan. The company, based in The Hague in the Netherlands, raised €1.5 million in investments in May 2021 to scale up its team, develop its products and make them available worldwide.

AI-powered smart glasses for the blind can read and recognize faces
read short text in front of you

AI-powered smart glasses for the blind can read and recognize faces
get detailed scene descriptions

AI-powered smart glasses for the blind can read and recognize faces
find friends or colleagues with facial recognition

AI-powered smart glasses for the blind can read and recognize faces
make a video call

project info:

company: Imagine

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