From Nigeria and Japan.. How did technology help the blind?

Nigerian startup Vinsighte is using technology to help blind people, with several products including 'smart' reading glasses that convert text into sound.

Nigerian startup Vinsighte is a pioneer in using technology to assist the blind, with several high-tech products such as “smart” reading glasses that convert text into speech.

According to the World Health Organization, about 15.3% of the world’s blind people live in the black continent “Of Africa”, and they often lack the resources and support necessary to succeed in school as well as the basics of daily life.

“I just wanted to try and see if we could build something that could solve the problem, and that’s where it all started,” said Kolawole Tomeicontinent CEO of Finsight.

Vinsighte distributes its products to schools and institutions and estimates that it has reached about 5,000 people with its help.

Japan is a pioneer in blind technology

Some time ago, Japan had come up with a very good strategy to help the blind walk in the streets without assistance, by installing prominent tiles on the sidewalks that guide the blind by touching them with a stick or with their feet to know the path and direction of his walk, and this strategy was soon transferred to many countries, where many countries of the world applied this idea in order to help the blind walk on the sidewalks and reach their destination without the need to ask for help.

With the development of technology to a large extent, efforts focused on developing an electronic system that relied on digital photography to help the blind walk alone on the sidewalks, by digitally tracking these prominent tiles and warning the blind in the event of any obstacle in his way while walking in the direction he wanted.

Researcher Chintaka Primachandra, from the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan, says that this technology is good, but it faces many challenges, such as the change in the colors of the tiles over time due to climatic factors or the change of their tones with different degrees of lighting, which makes it difficult for digital cameras to monitor them. And identifying their locations, and many countries use different degrees of coloration for these tiles, which makes it more difficult to identify them with specialized cameras for that.

To remedy this problem, Prof. Premachandra and his research team devised an algorithm for processing images captured by cameras, in order to increase the ability of these cameras to locate tiles with high accuracy.

This system consists of a camera with specialized lenses, and it is fixed on the chest of the blind and connected to a small computer the size of a credit card.

Where the computer processes the images taken of the colored tiles by the camera, to help the blind to track them and then issues a sound warning through a headset installed in the ear, to alert the blind to the presence of an obstacle in their way.

Don’t Stop Here

More To Explore

solar eclipse eclipse solar eclipse 2024 solar eclipse 2023 eclipse 2024 eclipse 2023 2023 eclipse 2023 solar eclipse april 8 2024 eclipse 2024 total eclipse 2023 solar eclipses 2024 sun eclipse eclipse april 8 2024 eclipse lunar eclipse eclipse of the sun 2024 eclipse solar eclipse eclipse2023 lunar eclipses solar and eclipse solar eclipse solar eclipse solar solar eclipse solar sun eclipse total eclipse in 2024 total eclipse 2024 total solar eclipse 2024 next solar eclipse total eclipse next eclipse total solar eclipse april 2024 eclipse annular solar eclipse annular eclipse 2023 lunar eclipse 2023 annular eclipse eclipse april 2024 april 2024 solar eclipse solar eclipse april 2024 annular solar eclipse 2023 eclipse today 2023 annular eclipse total eclipse of the sun 2024 sun eclipse 2024 totality eclipse 2024 total eclipse april 2024 8 april 2024 eclipse lunar penumbral eclipse october 2023 eclipse of 2024 eclipse of sun today eclipse penumbral eclipse timer full eclipse of the moon lunar eclipses 2023 next eclipse of the sun solaire eclipse solar eclipse of april 20 2023 solar eclipse of october 14 2023 solar eclipse today solar v lunar eclipse sun eclipse next total solar eclipse in 2024 upcoming sun eclipse sun eclipse next total solar eclipse eclipse 2022 great american eclipse 2024 total solar eclipse 2023 total eclipse 2023 next eclipse 2023 full solar eclipse 2024 full eclipse 2024 upcoming solar eclipse full solar eclipse next total eclipse eclipse april 2023 sun eclipse 2023 iso 12312 2 next eclipse 2024 next full solar eclipse total lunar eclipse april eclipse 2024 next solar eclipse 2023 future solar eclipses eclipse in 2024 solar and lunar eclipse full eclipse 2023 2023 total solar eclipse 1993 eclipse 2017 eclipse 2017 solar eclipse 2017 total solar eclipse 2019 eclipse 2022 solar eclipse 2024 solar eclipse best viewing april 20 eclipse april 8 2024 solar eclipse april 8 2024 total solar eclipse april eclipse 2023 april solar eclipse 2024 eclipse 1994

Experience the Solar Eclipse with The Eclipse App: Your Ultimate Companion

An innovative app, tailored to enhance your observation of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, has risen to prominence on the App Store. Titled simply “The Eclipse App,” it has amassed over 140,000 lifetime downloads on both iOS and Android platforms. This app serves as a comprehensive tool for experiencing the celestial event, providing features such as cloud cover forecasts, precise timing for totality at your specific location, and details on local events, parks, and viewing sites in your vicinity.

Twitter Introduces Payments for Verified Creators' Advertisements in Replies, Elon Musk Announces

Brazil Investigates Elon Musk Over X Dispute

Brazil has launched an investigation into Elon Musk over potential obstruction of justice following X’s reversal of a decision to block certain profiles in the country.