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Kinect Used To Help the Visually Impaired 29

Zothecula writes "The decidedly low tech white cane is still one of the most commonly used tools to help the visually impaired get around without bumping into things. Now, through their project called NAVI (Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired), students at Germany's Universität Konstanz have leveraged the 3D imaging capabilities of Microsoft's Kinect camera to detect objects that lie outside a cane's small radius and alert the wearer to the location of obstacles through audio and vibro-tactile feedback." In addition, Kinect is being used to "manipulate medical images during surgery without having to leave the operating room and scrub back in," and in more artistic ways as well.
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Kinect Used To Help the Visually Impaired

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  • Kinect (Score:2, Interesting)

    by maroberts ( 15852 ) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @07:03AM (#35596758) Homepage Journal
    Should be able to manipulate images like in Minority Report with it. Does seem to be one device from Microsoft that it is hard to criticize. If only their mobile phones were as innovative....
  • Re:Kinect (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 24, 2011 @07:34AM (#35596900)

    I love how quick you are to say that, as if it mattered at all. That's...offtopic at best. A special variety of flamebait where you try to shut down any hint of non-criticism for Microsoft. PrimeSense deserves credit, but you only gave them credit incidentally in your mission to remove credit from Microsoft.

    It's like somebody said Firefox was a good product from Mozilla, and you replied "all Mozilla did was license (via GPL) Netscape and slap an icon on it". Doesn't mean there's anything wrong with Firefox. And it's not really accurate: Netscape code is just one piece of the puzzle of Firefox, although a very important one; likewise, PrimeSense is a very important piece of the Kinect puzzle, but not the whole thing.

    It's not like PrimeSense was or is selling these to consumers en masse and Microsoft is just stealing their thunder or something.

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