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Electronic glasses which use computer vision and augmented reality to improve visual capacity and increase autonomy of people who have low vision

Project description

Computer vision electronic eye glasses

More than 200 million people in the world suffer from impaired vision that cannot be improved either by surgery, medicine or use of eye glasses. Instead, the condition is aggravated with age, handicapping people with impaired vision, limiting their ability to perform even the simplest of common tasks. It also hampers their personal and profession lives. Biel Smartgaze glasses help improve the perception capacity of people with impaired vision with the assistance of artificial intelligence and VR/AR technologies. Features include navigation and people recognition, which are due to be included in future models, potentially also improving existing capabilities such as detecting obstacles, holes and street signs.

Objective

Who is Biel? Biel is a child who has low vision. We are a highly experienced multidisciplinary team, composed by
professionals coming from the ICT business, from the clinical research and from the vision diseases research, that have
joined to develop smart electronic glasses for Biel and for all who suffer from this disability. Low vision is a condition caused
by eye disease, in which vision is permanently limited and cannot be improved with regular glasses, medicine, or surgery. It
is much more common than blindness. There are about 220 million people in the world which suffer low vision, and it grows
with the aging of the population. People with low vision have severe problems for doing common tasks, like descending
stairs, walking alone, understanding street signs or reading. It hampers their lives, professionally and personally. The most
handicapping issues are related to mobility. We use computer vision, AI and VR/AR technologies to improve perception
capacity of people who have low vision. “Biel Smartgaze” glasses will detect obstacles, holes, changes in the ground surface
and street signs. The glasses will identify these items and use augmented reality to show them in a way that the users can
perceive with their remaining vision. It will include other features like zoom, image improvement (definition, lightning and
contrast), etc., in order to facilitate reading and other tasks, providing a complete solution that suits the needs of the people
with low vision. Other advanced features like navigation and people recognition will be added in future versions, giving
people with low vision the tools to face any situation in their daily life. The glasses will be configurable to personalize all the
functions for each particular case. The goal of our company is not just to let people who have low vision to see better, but to
leverage all the potential of their remaining vision by adding the perception capacities they lack, in order to bring them back
to a normal life

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1

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Coordinator

BIEL GLASSES SL
Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Address
C/ raurich 66
08830 Sant boi de llobregat
Spain

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 21 429,00