Researchers from Microsoft have built a novel wearable artificial intelligence-powered device named PeopleLens that can help blind children interact with others easily while simultaneously boosting their confidence.
It is especially difficult for children who are born blind to interact with others as they face the challenge of raising their voice in the direction of the person they wish to interact with.
Therefore, Microsoft’s new AI device can considerably help those children get along with others.
They will be able to better understand their immediate social surroundings, communicate with others, and build confidence.
Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research Lab located in Cambridge, Cecily Morrison, said, “The PeopleLens helps learners build a People Map, a mental map of those around them needed to effectively signal communicative intent.”
Morrison further added that the new technology informs the learner’s peers when they have been seen and can interact – a replacement for the eye contact that typically initiates a human connection.
PeopleLens comes with multiple features like identifying individuals, attention notifications from the direction of other individuals, following capability, orientation guide, and many more.
The highly competent technology uses augmented reality glasses, which get connected to mobile devices.
Users then need to register faces in the device with whom they wish to connect, as the system can only identify people whose inputs have been registered.
The AI-powered system then receives the photos and processes them using computer vision algorithms to continuously locate, identify, track, and capture the gaze directions of persons in the area.
Microsoft is looking for students aged 5 to 11 in the United Kingdom who are interested in exploring technology as part of a multistage research study.