Researchers developed an AI backpack system to guide vision-impaired wearers

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a backpack system to help vision-impaired wearers understand and navigate their surroundings. The backpack uses a Luxonis OAK-D spatial camera, which has an on-chip edge AI processor and uses Intel’s Movidius image processing tech.

The 4K camera, which captures depth information as well as color images, is packed inside a vest or fanny pack. The system uses Intel’s OpenVINO toolkit for inferencing and it can run for up to eight hours, using a pocket-sized battery housed in the fanny pack. The backpack holds a lightweight computing device with a GPS unit.

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