Tech This Out: 'Smart glasses' help visually impaired
We have smart phones, smart TVs and smart thermostats, and now the opportunity for what some are calling the world's first free "smart glasses."
They're called Parsee and they could help the visually impaired, even the blind.
A non-profit in Poland is working on Parsee glasses. They're 3D printed and run with a USB reachable battery.
The organization says existing smart glasses are expensive, hard to use and aren't adapted to blind people's needs.
Parsee syncs up with a smart phone and mobile app.
The app creates a hot spot. Parsee glasses can read printed text, recognize shapes and colors, as well as can be programmed to recognize some faces.
In a recent interview, Project Manager Bartosz Trzcinski said the glasses can help make the little things just a little easier.
"Parsee is an innovative 3-D printed glasses for blind and visually impaired people that helps them in their everyday living like reading newspapers, drinking some juice," Trzcinski said.
Parsee works through a smartphone app. A camera on the frame talks to the app on your smart phone. The app figures out the text, color, shape of person. The app will then tell you what you're looking at through an earphone attached to the frame.
The non-profit is looking to start production, so they can start helping others.
"Parsee wants to give those glasses for free because our main goal is to help people, and by inventing Parsee, we would like to make small step for a bigger change in disabled people's life," Parsee Crowd-Funding Manager Barbara Lapa said in a recent interview.
The current cost to produce a pair of glasses is $300. They hope to reduce the cost of production once demand goes up.
If you would like to donate to production costs, check out Parsee's Indiegogo page here.