Student of University of Toronto , Sarang Nerkar, Ambarish Gurjar won the award for research work of Open Source Augmented Reality Wearable Smart Assist Device for Blind. They carried their project work under guidance of Dr. Steve Mann.
We present an open source augmented reality wearable device that provides the ability of smart vision to the blind. The device uses facial and object recognition for a smart analysis of the space around the blind person. It uses depth sensing to find out the distances between the user and detected people and objects. Text to speech techniques are used to inform the blind person about the smart analysis of the space around them. The device uses gesture recognition to trigger the audio output in order to prevent the device from being a distraction rather than an aid. The device is implemented as an open source platform to encourage open innovation in the field of assistive technologies.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Appreciation to Sarang Nerkar, Ambarish Gurjar, University of Toronto at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.