Bionic glasses are the latest innovation which could revolutionize the way in which the blind can see. These are equipped with cameras, LED lights, and a smart-phone-sized processor. The system runs on batteries that have a video processing unit attached to it. A small camera feeds a life of the stream of the wearer’s surroundings with extra feedback about objects or people in the vicinity. A smartphone sized computer (generally located in the wearer’s pocket) interprets this data and display relevant information for the wearer. Some wearers require extra lenses to display the correct information. Experts argue that there are many advantages for these bionic glasses which are still in testing stages across the world.
Bionic glasses allow transparent visual display; it allows visual contact between wearer and others. GPS and compass sensors can locate wearer on a digital map. It can also work as a public transport assistant. It can download real-time information about public transport to improve accessibility and alerts wearer to approaching the vehicle. It draws a connection between display and objects in the real world. In the initial studies all the participants tried a fully-functional prototype and within five minutes, all were able to describe the location of people and other objects in the local environment.
Bionic Glasses is just one of the innovations by applying bionics. Bionics is the application of biological processes found in nature to solve human problems. Scientists argue that currently most of the technological processes do not mirror the natural processes well and there is a need to adapt these processes so that they are more in tune with nature. It is hoped that if innovations such as Bionic Glasses are widely accepted then it will lead to more such innovations.