Kinect to Help the Blind

on March 18, 2011 7:00 AM

Kinect to Help the Blind

A tech savvy duo, over at the University of Konstanz, have engineered the Microsoft Kinect system to operate in a remarkable manner. With the combination of “special software” and Kinect technology, Michael Zollner & Stephan Huber have created NAVI (Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired). This development procedure includes a laptop (with the special software) being holstered in a backpack and a Kinect being worn on the head while it scans the area in front of you. Through technology that is far too complicated for the typical gamer, NAVI will actually speak to warn the wearer that an object is in the way and where to move to avoid it. It doesn’t stop there as NAVI can even read ARToolKit markers. It truly is impressive hearing about it, but after the break you can see it!

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Pretty much your above average gamer who plays games profusely and appreciates them even more. Been gaming since the NES but is in love with anything PlayStation. No I am not a typical fanboy...I appreciate each system for their strengths and recognize their weaknesses. I just love the PS brand. (Think along the lines as someone who likes to read but loves one author in particular). Ever since my time as #2 in the world at Resistance 2, I have taken video games much more seriously. Don't get me wrong, I am a laid back, fun guy to game with...but I always play to win.
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