When their two-year-old son Biel began falling over rather a lot 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 docs, the toddler was identified with low imaginative and prescient, a situation much more frequent than blindness that makes day by day duties a problem.
In Biel’s case, it was on account of an optic nerve drawback however the situation will also be brought on by defects within the retina, mind or different elements of the visible system, or by circumstances reminiscent of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Low imaginative and prescient cannot be corrected with glasses or surgical procedure. And whereas magnifiers will help with particular duties like studying, there was no out there expertise to assist the toddler get round.
So in 2017, Puig, a Spanish electrical engineer, and his spouse Constanza Lucero, a physician, 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 acquired into this as a result of we noticed there was a necessity for it,” Puig, 52, informed AFP at Barcelona’s Cellular World Congress (MWC), the telecom trade’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 may be overlaid upon real-world photos.
It additionally makes use of AI to detect and sign obstacles.
Actual-time visible warning
“We thought we may use these applied sciences to benefit from the imaginative and prescient he does have so he may be extra unbiased.
“Possibly we will not remedy him however we will help him,” mentioned 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.
Growing 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 docs and pc engineers, amongst them considered one of Spain’s high specialists on low imaginative and prescient, to create the product which has been authorised to be used within the European Union.
It’s anticipated to go on sale in Spain and Denmark later this yr.
The glasses, which have to be custom-made for the particular 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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