Envision, a company founded in 2017 by Karthik Mahadevan and Karthik Kannan, has designed smart glasses for the blind and visually impaired. The Hague-based venture’s mission is to develop assistive technologies, products and services that improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.
Developed on the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass, the smart glasses use the power of artificial intelligence to extract information from images and interpret it in more than 60 different languages. With its 8MP camera, the glasses can scan digital and handwritten text from any surface such as books, letters or labels and turn it into speech.
The device can also give detailed descriptions of outdoor scenes and make private and secure video calls to trusted users. Additional features include color detection, light detection, object recognition and facial recognition, meaning users can pick out red socks from their white laundry, know when a lamp is still on, find personal belongings, and identify colleagues in an instant.