Toyota is currently researching new ways of helping the blind and visually impaired people have a greater sense of freedom, independence and confidence with a new wearable mobility device. Toyota have named it Project Blaid!
The device will hopefully fulfil the tasks that canes, guide dogs and other GPS systems are unable to. The device will be worn over the shoulders to help people navigate indoor public spaces better, it will identify features such as escalators, stairs, doors and bathrooms.
A camera on the device detects the user's surroundings and communicates information through speakers and vibrations. The user will be able to interact with the device using voice recognition and control buttons. Toyota are also planning to develop the device with facial recognition functions.
Doug Moore, Toyota Partner Robotics Manager, added: “Toyota is about more than just the great cars and trucks we build. We believe we have a role to play in addressing mobility challenges, including helping people with limited mobility to do more. We believe this project has the potential to enrich the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired.”