Xbox Kinect providing a new pair of eyes
Late last year Microsoft released a revolutionary hands-free control system for their Xbox 360 console, named Kinect. Ever since, researchers and hackers have been devising new uses for the system, which consists of a pair of motorised cameras that tracks users. Now students at a German university have come up with a method of using the Kinect to help guide people with visual impairments.
The students' device works by attachments components of the Kinect into a specialised hard-hat, connected to a laptop in a backpack worn by the user. The Kinect's cameras are used to map the area in front of the user, providing feedback by a Bluetooth headset.
Much like the iPhone and iPad, the latest generation of computing equipment is making brilliant strides towards empowering people with disabilities through technology.