EyeRing: A Finger Worn Visual Assistant For The Blinds

Cameras have been playing a very significant role in our daily lives. Now, I am going to tell an unconventional application of cameras’ that will surely amaze you. Recently, a team from the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT’s Media Lab has developed a prototype camera worn on a finger ring, called EyeRing. But that’s not the main part. EyeRing can translate images of objects captured through a camera lens and feeds the information back to the user via the earphone, who are, in this case, blind. The camera will let blind people ‘see’ through their ears.


EyeRing

A team of three researchers has developed the EyeRing. They are – Suranga Nanayakkara (at present directs the Augmented Senses Research Group at Singapore University of Technology and Design), PhD student Roy Shilkrot and associate professor and founder of the Fluid Interfaces Group, Pattie Maes. The EyeRing features a 3D-printed Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) nylon outer housing. It has a small VGA camera, a 16 MHz AVR processor, a Bluetooth radio module and a 3.7V Li-ion battery. There is a mini-USB port too for charging the battery and reprogramming the unit, a power on/off switch and a thumb-activated button for confirming commands.

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