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July 5, 2011

Scientists working on prototype of smart spectacles for elderly

Spectacles to make use of light emitting diodes, tiny cameras, ear phones and a pocket computer

By CBR Staff Writer

Scientists at the Oxford University have completed the basic research in the development of computerised spectacles that would help people with poor eyesight see better.

The Daily Mail reports that the ‘smart spectacles’ would make use of tiny cameras, earphones and a pocket computer to identify objects and inform the user about them.

The elderly who have age-related reduction in vision would benefit the most from the research says the report.

It said that the spectacles would be lightweight and priced at less than £1,000. They could hit stores in 2014.

A clinical neuroscience researcher who is being funded by the Department of Health Dr Stephen Hicks told The Daily Mail, "It is satisfying to think that we will be able to produce this at a cost that is going make it available to the people who will benefit the most."

At present Hicks is developing a prototype of the spectacles.

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