Augmented reality (AR) glasses that offer a feeling of binocular depth perception to people who are blind in one eye are under development at the University of Yamanashi.
The research team, led by Xiaoyang Mao, began with Vuzix Corp.'s Wrap 920AR, pair of commercially available AR glasses that have two small cameras in each lens to capture and project images, and which send the user 2-D or 3-D AR images transmitted from a computer. The researchers then developed software that enables the cameras to map out what each eye would see and send the images to a computer, which uses software to integrate the two perspectives. The process results in a "defocus" effect in which some objects remain in focus while others do not, establishing a feeling of depth. That image is then projected to the user's healthy eye.
Although the researchers concede the concept is not refined, they expect the technology will soon appear in mobile devices.
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