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Ford showcases smart window that allows blind to 'feel' the view

Ford showcases smart window that allows blind to 'feel' the view

Ford showcases smart window that allows blind to 'feel' the view

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Ford thinks it has its hands on an idea to help the visually impaired see the view outside.

Ford revealed a prototype technology, called Feel the View, that allows the blind passengers to “feel” what they can’t see outside a car’s window.The automaker released a video this week touting the technology.

Here’s how it works: A camera attaches to the car’s window and takes photographs of the view outside.

Those images are then reproduced as a grayscale rendering in the window glass using special LED lights. When touched, the different shades of gray vibrate at up to 255different frequencies. By feeling the image, a visually impaired person can mentally recreate the view outside.

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The concept also includes an artificially intelligent image recognition system that says aloud, what is outside the car through its built-in speakers. For instance, it’ll tell passengers when they’re passing a mountain, a forest or an open field.

Ford(F) developed the technology in collaboration with Aedo, an Italian company specializing in technology to assist the visually impaired.

A Ford spokesman said the company has no plans to offer the device for sale.

Published at Wed, 02 May 2018 18:24:12 +0000

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