Smart Vision Glasses

About VA’s assessment of the situation and its SVG program

Today’s Artificial Intelligence-based glasses available from the USA and Europe are very expensive (typical price is around INR 400,000) and unaffordable to many in India. Therefore, Vision-Aid has invested in and has been working collaboratively with its partner SHG Technologies to manufacture and distribute Smart Vision Glasses in India at a fraction of the cost.

ABOUT SMART VISION GLASSES

The Smart Vision glass is an innovative Artificial Intelligence based wearable device which can help the visually impaired read, navigate, recognize objects and people. This device is an innovation of SHG Technologies, a Bangalore based technology start-up, in collaboration with Vision-Aid. The reading function supports several Indian languages and can read both printed and handwritten text.

The Artificial Intelligence and built-in navigation capabilities enable the Smart Vision
Glasses to inform the users of the nature of their immediate surroundings, obstacles, locations and even the expression on people’s face with whom they are communicating. It is next best thing to having vision. In essence, it acts as a seeing
eye and a personal assistant. Click here for more information about Smart Vision Glass

FEATURES

The Smart Vision Glass has four important features as part of its innovating design. They are:

Identifying Things Around You

All kinds of objects in front of the device are identified. Few objects which are around us like Outdoor – road, lamp post, zebra crossing, trees and Indoors objects like window, curtain, table, laptop, mobile, bottle. The user gets familiar with their surroundings

Reading Assistance

Helps in reading text / manuscript like printed book, hand written etc. User can pause to understand the text, resume back to continue reading and finally stop the flow of reading. It supports English, Hindi & all Indian regional languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati.

Walking Assistance

Safety is our number one priority. Walking assistance simply detects if any obstacle is in front of the user by a method of measurement distance and hindrance. Timely voice alerts are given to the user’s precaution

Facial Recognition

Not only does calling someone by their name connect you better with that person, it also increases accountability, trust, empathy, and positive communication. Here we have Facial storage and Face recognition for visually impaired. A facial recognition system is a technology capable of matching a human face from a stored facial database of faces

IMPACT OF SVG SO FAR

About 800 visually impaired people have benefitted with the device. Now they can

✓ Read books of their choice (non-Braille coded)
✓ Get to know the things around them
✓ Walk without running into obstacles
✓ Identify their friends and family

FUTURE ROADMAP

Considerable Research and development efforts are being put to implement features that make the device more useful and Vision impaired friendly. The future product will be light weight with electronics built into temples, Improved sensor and AI/ML technology, increasing functions, bone conduction technology and multiple ASP models

PRODUCT EVOLUTION

VISION-AID’S SVG PROGRAM & ITS SUCCESSES

Vision-Aid has a long standing relationship with several eye hospitals in India where they work together in providing vision rehabilitation services to people with vision disability. Vision-Aid has a long history of providing low-cost and affordable assistive devices to patients with vision impairment. Vision-Aid, in 2021, partnered with SHG technologies to help manufacture and distribute the smart vision devices to people across India.


In 2022, Vision-Aid jointly with its partner Trees for Life India distributed 100 Smart vision devices to eligible beneficiaries across India. In 2023, Vision-Aid intends to distribute several hundred devices to eligible beneficiaries.

We are looking for like-minded organizations who are interested to partner with us in this noble initiative. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at info@visionaid.org

If you’re looking to help low vision or visually impaired with their everyday life and want to know more, contact SMART VISION GLASSES” –  contact us for ShG Technology

Your generous donations keep this program alive.

Click on the Donate button, and make a difference in the life of a visually impaired person.

SEE SMART VISION GLASSES IN ACTION

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A Digital Accessibility Testing Testimonial | Nibin Mathews

Nibin Mathews’ journey is a testament to resilience and determination. Despite facing

significant visual impairment challenges since birth, Nibin pursued education with unwavering determination. Losing sight in one eye due to a cricket ball stroke in 6th grade and later losing vision in the other eye to glaucoma didn’t deter him. He completed his Bachelor’s in English and even secured a job with Indian Railways. Yet, his thirst for knowledge led him to pursue computer programming, which he found through Vision-Aid. With their specialized training, he mastered coding and digital accessibility testing. With their financial support, he pursued a Master’s degree. Now, as the Accessibility Lead at Bosch Global Software Technologies, he’s excelling professionally. But Nibin’s achievements don’t stop there; he’s also an international tennis champion and a skilled violinist. He attributes much of his success to Vision-Aid, acknowledging their pivotal role in his journey. His story is not just one of personal triumph but also a testament to the impact of support systems in overcoming challenges and inspiring others.

A Job Coaching for Banking and other exams Testimonial | Gautam Gulati

Meet Gautam, a remarkable individual based in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, whose life story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the transformative power of organizations like Vision-Aid India.

Gautam’s life commenced with the diagnosis of Retinist Pigmentosa. Despite experiencing a 40% loss of sight, he persevered through attending a regular school, successfully completing his education and earning a B Com degree. His world took an unexpected turn after graduation, when, he had the major sight loss. Faced with the challenges of navigating everyday activities like driving, reading, writing print, and mobility etc. Yet, rather than allowing these obstacles to define him, he chose a path of resilience and determination. Undeterred by his circumstances, Gautam turned to technology, becoming dependent on tools designed for visually impaired individuals, including screen readers. His quest for independence led him to explore new technologies with the support of various NGOs. Through his social networks, Gautam discovered Vision-Aid India, an organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired. Recognizing the potential for growth, he enrolled in Vision-Aid’s IBPS banking crash course, specifically tailored for visually impaired individuals, in April 2022.

Determined to enhance his skills further, Gautam pursued an additional course in mobile technology. This commitment to personal and professional growth showcased his unwavering spirit and determination.

Armed with newfound knowledge, Gautam faced the Bank of India Credit Officer exam after completing the IBPS crash course. His hard work, coupled with the right guidance from Vision-Aid, resulted in success. In 2023, Gautam proudly joined Bank of India as a Credit Officer, marking a significant milestone in his journey.

Gautam attributes his success and newfound independence to Vision-Aid India. With deep gratitude, he acknowledges the organization’s role in providing IBPS coaching and shaping his path towards independence.

A Python Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.

Bindhu Sri

Meet Bindu, from Hyderabad. Who began her life with the gift of perfect vision? She embarked on her educational journey in a conventional school, but at the tender age of 9, her world dimmed as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) impacted her sight. Loosing major of her vision with lot of challenges she still could complete her graduate degree in 2020 and her post-graduate degree in 2022. Being interested to pursue her career in computer programming she discovered Vision-Aid India, a beacon of hope and opportunity. Enrolling in their online certification programs, Bindu successfully completed both Python and SQL languages. Armed with these newfound skills, she opened doors to her career, securing a position as a Data Engineer at RX Data Science, a renowned company.

“All of this was made possible through the invaluable support and guidance provided by Vision-Aid India” She Says.

A HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and ARIA Fundamentals for Accessible Web Development Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.