Mar 21, 2021

Neuroscientists Unveil Tech for the Vision Impaired: Bionic Eyes, Textured Tablets and More

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Devices shift away from Robocop-like wearables to simpler, more accessible assistive solutions.

There are many, many wearable and portable devices aimed at improving life for the blind and visually impaired (in some cases, even restoring vision). Such devices have been developed for pretty much every part of the body: fingers, wrists, abdomen, chest, face, ears, feet, even the tongue.

The thing is—people don’t want to wear them.

“All of these wearables currently on the market have very low acceptance from the community because you look like some sort of RoboCop when you wear them, and people don’t want to attract attention to their impairment,” said Ruxandra Tivadar of the University of Bern in Switzerland, during the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), held virtually this week.

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