Blind will be able to see by 2016

11 August 2014

oxford-smart-glasses High-tech glasses that help the blind and partially sighted to actually see, could be in the actual shops in 2016.

Created by the University of Oxford, and in eventual conjunction with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), the high-falutin' glasses have a 3D camera that helps maximise a person's vision, by separating and highlighting objects in their limited vision.

RNIB's Solutions managing director Neil Heslop claimed to Sky News that trials with the glasses had proven to be a huge success with their guinea pigs.

There are approximately 360,000 registered blind and partially sighted people in the UK, of which it is said that 150,000 of them will benefit from the new specs.

Admittedly, right now they look quite clunky, what with that whole 'having to cart a laptop around with them' thing.

However after Google's Impact Challenge threw them £500,000 after winning a competition, the team at Oxford can modify the glasses and headset into something more streamline.

More trials are happening as the team hone their design into a more practical shape, but the goal is for them to be available by 2016 around the £300 mark.

Hurrah for technology making a nice difference to lives, and hurrah for being able to see in general!

Here's a butchers at the glasses in action

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