- On offers are 25 services like GPS, SOS calls and obstacle warning
- Services also include barcode reader and multi-lingual text reader
- Unique glasses recognises people, colours, streets and currency
Dubai, UAE: Millions of blind and visually-impaired people around the world are set to benefit immensely from a unique technological advancement with the global launch of Smart glasses in the UAE by Amal Glass Company.
The introduction of smart glasses by the national company comes after eight years of hard work by a team of experts and specialists in the fields of research, software and application development, and Artificial Intelligence.
These efforts were crowned by the introduction of a smart product that enables the blind and visually impaired people go about their daily routines without any assistance and rely on themselves in a number of tasks - something which gives them more privacy.
Amal is a light-weight Smart glasses that contain numerous sensors and a pocket-mounted data processing unit that is connected to the glasses by a thin cable. The unit can be controlled by touching the right temple. Artificial Intelligence processes and presents the data to visually impaired users in the manner of voice instructions to help them recognise the environment surrounding them.
The manufacturing company was keen to provide its special Online store to enable users to freely download applications without the need to refer to the company, in addition to downloading applications from other companies and developers specialised in the development of visual impairment and short-sightedness software. This is the first of a kind specialised application store dedicated to the visually impaired around the world.
Smart glasses’ mechanism and services
The smart glasses consist of a pocket-mounted controller connected with the glasses that have built-in and external speakers, and a high-definition microphone. The glasses are connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or an integrated chip and are equipped with a full HD camera.
The smart glasses provide 25 important services needed by the blind and visually impaired people as basic services in their daily and practical lives, such as obstacle warning, people recognition, weather conditions, using remote control devices, colour recognition to choose suitable clothes, currency recognition, holy Qiblah direction and prayer times for Muslims.
It also enables students to record audio lectures, in addition to an audio library, and the ability to read products’ barcodes and capture photos in an easy way. ‘Amal’ smart glasses can read books, newspapers, menus, computer and ATM screens, among others, in several languages, including Arabic and English.
It also provides the service of describing the surrounding environment to enable the visually impaired people identify the things around them, such as cars, streets, furniture, appliances, office environments, and many more, in addition to the identification of commercial and global brands and the ability to recognise the lighting level in the user’s surrounding so as to avoid standing in dangerous unlit places that may expose them to accidents.
‘Amal’ smart glasses are equipped with a GPS system specially developed to help the visually impaired people identify the area and street they are in, and eventually enabling them to easily move while being informed of the remaining distance to reach destination.
The glasses also provides an SOS service and sharing maps and photos of the location of users, in addition to sending “Help-Me” messages to help others identify the location of users and come to their rescue. For gaming and entertainment purposes, the glasses also include a laser wars game which works in a 3-D acoustic environment.
“Amal smart glasses are a new era in the service of the blind and visually impaired people. It will enable blind people to be independent in their private and practical lives, and will help them integrate into work and school environments, among others,” said Engineer Bandar Saad Al Badna, Marketing Manager of Amal Glass Company.
“The smart glasses are the result of research and development with the blind themselves by identifying their needs and responding as much as possible to these needs through these glasses which are the product of a competent team that has managed to overcome many obstacles and difficulties to make this work a reality.” He remarked further: “We, the development team, hope these glasses will serve millions of people around the world who are suffering from visual impairment.”
“The glasses were manufactured after more than eight years of research, experiments and efforts which successfully culminated in creating smart, stylish, light weight, highly-efficient glasses that are affordable and accessible to the majority of society members,” said Mohammed Islam Hashim, Research and Development Manager at Amal Glass Company.
He stressed that Amal Glass has set its sights on providing the latest technologies in the world and harnessing them to serve the blind. This comes after exhaustive research and needs analysis processes aimed at making these technologies, as represented in ‘Amal’ smart glasses, easily available to the blind and visually impaired people.
The first demo was launched at the AccessAbilities Expo 2017 in Dubai where the glasses attracted massive response and widespread appeal. The official offering will be launched before the end of this year with many other capabilities and services.
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