Intel researchers have unveiled a smart backpack to help the visually impaired navigate. The device can analyze what is happening around and warn the user about obstacles. Representatives of the company told Haytek about this.
Intel’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) product development team has unveiled a voice-activated backpack. The device will help visually impaired people navigate in space and perceive the world around them. The system can analyze sounds in the surrounding space and warn about obstacles – tree branches, pedestrian crossings, curbs.
The system works inside a small backpack where the computing module is located. The camera is built into a jacket-vest, and a compact battery is hidden in a belt bag, with its help the device can work for up to eight hours. The AI spatial camera can be attached to a vest or belt bag and then to a computing module in a backpack. Three holes in the vest provide a view of the camera.
The module is a powerful AI device based on Intel Movidius VPU. It works with modern neural networks and provides real-time acceleration of computer vision and depth-mapping functions.
The user can interact with the system thanks to the Bluetooth headphones. So you can send voice requests and commands, while the system responds with verbal messages.
The scientists added that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 285 million visually impaired people worldwide. Meanwhile, visual aid systems for navigation have extremely limited capabilities. These solutions lack the depth perception needed to facilitate self-navigation for the visually impaired.