When their two-year-old son Biel began falling over loads and had issue climbing stairs after studying to stroll, Jaume Puig and his spouse sought medical assist to determine the issue.
After visiting a number of medical doctors, the toddler was recognized with low imaginative and prescient, a situation way more widespread than blindness that makes each day duties a problem.
In Biel’s case, it was on account of an optic nerve drawback however the situation may also be brought on by defects within the retina, mind or different elements of the visible system, or by situations resembling glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Low imaginative and prescient cannot be corrected with glasses or surgical procedure. And whereas magnifiers might help with particular duties like studying, there was no accessible expertise to assist the toddler get round.
So in 2017, Puig, a Spanish electrical engineer, and his spouse Constanza Lucero, a health care provider, based Biel Glasses, an organization which created a digital gadget to assist these with low imaginative and prescient to maneuver about safely on their very own.
“There are canes and information canines. Nothing else. We bought into this as a result of we noticed there was a necessity for it,” Puig, 52, instructed AFP at Barcelona’s Cellular World Congress (MWC), the telecom business’s greatest annual gathering.
The headset is on show on the present.
A cross between gaming goggles and glasses, it creates a 3D picture onto which textual content, graphics and video might be overlaid upon real-world photographs.
It additionally makes use of AI to detect and sign obstacles.
Actual-time visible warning
“We thought we might use these applied sciences to make the most of the imaginative and prescient he does have so he might be extra unbiased.
“Perhaps we won’t treatment him however we might help him,” stated Puig of his son who’s now eight.
When a wearer approaches an object blocking their path, a big crimson circle will seem on the display warning them of the impediment.
It additionally permits them to zoom in on a avenue signal or different object.
Creating the glasses price 900,000 euros ($1 million), of which the couple invested 65,000 euros of their very own cash, whereas the remaining got here from public establishments and crowd-funding.
They labored with a staff of medical doctors and pc engineers, amongst them one in every of Spain’s high specialists on low imaginative and prescient, to create the product which has been permitted to be used within the European Union.
It’s anticipated to go on sale in Spain and Denmark later this yr.
The glasses, which should be personalized for the precise wants of every consumer, price 4,900 euros ($5,850).
Puig, who has based a number of different expertise startups, now hopes so as to add voice activation and a navigation system that works with Google Maps in future variations of the glasses.
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