The world’s biggest automaker, Toyota, strengthens its commitment to mobility by ensuring that it is available not only to people who buy their vehicles but to everyone, regardless of your physical condition.
Toyota, through Project BLAID, is developing a wearable device that can be worn by the blind and visually impaired to allow them the freedom of mobility that they haven’t been able to experience even with canes and guide dogs.
The device is worn on the shoulder and is equipped with tiny cameras that detect the path and obstacles in the person’ immediate surroundings especially in indoor spaces. Using a speaker and a vibration motor, it can either communicate a set of instructions or alert the person by vibrating.
Users may also interact with the device through voice recognition or by pressing buttons.
In the future, the device will include mapping, object identification and facial recognition.
“Toyota is 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 do more. We believe this project has the potential to enrich the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired,” said Doug Moore, Manager, Partner Robotics, Toyota.
Toyota is currently asking employees to submit videos of common indoor landmarks in order to enhance the operating system of the device and ‘teach’ it to recognize various indoor settings.
To see more, visit Toyota’s page on Project BLAID.