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!