More than 1.1 million are legally blind and an additional 50,000 people lose their sight each year. The visually impaired, including those who are blind, total more than 3.6 million Americans. In other words, 1 in every 4 children has a serious vision problem.
Normal blind vision glasses can help improve vision buy they cost upwards of $10,000. We asked ourselves: can we help improve the vision of blind people at a low cost?
With our current technological advances with Artificial Intelligence and Brain-Computer Interfaces, we can.
We have created artificial vision for those who can’t see anything other than shadows. We currently use a real-time object detection AI algorithm called YOLO to detect objects using a camera. We then use Brain Computer Interfaces and Neural Laces to convert and communicate information about the detected objects to the user, allowing the user to know where objects are.
We believe in a future where no individuals are limited in society due to their vision
Airidis uses the YOLO (You Only Look Once) object detection algorithm to provide world-class object detection in real-time. The algorithm requires only one forward propagation pass through the neural network to make predictions and outputs recognized objects together with bounding boxes.
Currently, the YOLO algorithm isn’t advanced enough to allow the blind to see colour, but it is able to create a grayscale image which we can project. This method would allow the user to identify letters, numbers and challenging objects. Once the grayscale image is completed, the information is sent into the Cerebrum using our Brain Computer Interfaces.
Brain Computer Interfaces (or BCIs) are devices that take in information from the brain and send the info to a computer and vice versa. Using BCIs, we're able to perform a range of things, including graphing brain waves, controlling prosthetics, and communicating with the brain.
We use neural lace, an ultra-thin mesh made of electrodes which can collect data from the brain through detecting brain activity. Neural Lace technology has potential to allow external users control over the human brain. By connecting the YOLO object detection technology to our BCIs, we can transmit information into the Cerebrum and help restore vision.