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Saturday November 21, 2020

Project Guideline .. an app from Google to help the visually impaired

Google tests An application Powered by an artificial intelligence called Project Guideline It aims to help the visually impaired and the blind to operate on their own without a guide dog or human assistant.

The application works By discovering the lines drawn on the ground and guiding users with audio signals.

And theProject Guideline uses a phone’s camera to track directions and then sends audio signals to the user via headphones using bone conduction technology.

The app is still in the prototype stage and was developed during the Google Hackathon event last year when a blind runner asked developers to design a program that would allow it to run independently.

And at the Google Hackathon in Fall 2019, (Thomas Panek) asked Thomas Panek, CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Designers have reported on potential technology to help blind people work independently.

A demo was designed to allow the phone to recognize the line drawn on the ground and give audio signals.

A prototype application has been developed that uses the camera within a phone connected to a belt worn by Panek that uses artificial intelligence to search for the line drawn on the ground and send audio signals to it depending on its location.

“If I deviate to the left of the line, the sound gets louder and higher in my left ear, and if I diverge to the right, the same thing happens, but in my right ear,” Panik said.

Within a few months, and with some adjustments, Panek was able to run across an indoor track without assistance.

The developers then worked to adapt the technology to operate outdoors, where there is a whole new set of obstacles.

The Project Guideline app does not require an internet connection to work and can calculate weather conditions.

There are millions of people who suffer from vision loss and miss guide dogs, and Google hopes that Project Guideline is being adapted and expanded to provide independence to more people.

Google is increasingly investing in accessibility technology, as in October it unveiled Sound Notifications, a new feature for Android that informs deaf users in the event of running water or a barking dog.

The feature was designed for about 466 million people worldwide with hearing impairment, but it may also help people who wear headphones.

The company has also expanded its Lookout app, which can read mail aloud and identify merchandise verbally.

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