Oxford spinout develops smart glasses giving legally blind the ability to read and navigate

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University spinout OxSight, has reported that in a recent UK-wide trial its smart glasses helped sight impaired and blind people to navigate independently, avoid collisions and see in the dark.

Participants reported that they were able to describe people standing several metres away and in some cases even recognise their faces and expressions.

OxSight also announced it has successfully raised a seed funding round from Oxford angel investor

Mr Zhang Jiangong. The company will use the funding to continue to develop the smart glasses. Existing partners include Google, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the University of Oxford, the NIHR i4i scheme, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Oxford University Innovation. Both

Mr Zhang and RTC Innovation, a UK-based technology transfer company have provided valuable support to OxSight over the last three years.

The OxSight smart glasses use a unique camera system and computer vision algorithms to

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