RNIB Smart glasses help wearers to identify shapes, determine distance, and are able to detect objects up to three metres away.
Our smart glasses have:
RNIB Smart glasses are the brainchild of Dr Stephen Hicks of Oxford University, and have been in development with RNIB for over three years. Earlier this year we won the Google Impact Challenge, receiving a much needed funding boost and recognition for the project.
The project's main aim is to develop a commercially viable product that is affordable, practical and intuitive - retailing for less than £300.
The RNIB Smart glasses project has a huge potential to change the lives of many visually impaired people, allowing greater independence in everyday situations. It has been recently recognised for this social impact by the Nominet Trust 100.
A news spot on ITV was aired on 17th December 2014 including a short discussion about the smart glasses as part of our inclusion in the Nominet Trust 100 Innovations of 2014. Watch the news spot on YouTube.
Over the next 13 months there will be three lots of trials running. These will take place in April, August and December 2015.
There will be different requirements for each trial, which will be based on factors such as:
We're not currently screening for any trials at the moment, but if you're interested in taking part please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.