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Ford’s Feel the View Tech helps the blind

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Published on May 01, 2018 with No Comments

Ford has developed a smart car window that lets blind people “see” the passing landscape.

The “Feel the View” technology, which was developed with Italian startup XYZ, uses vibrations to give blind and visually impaired passengers a sense of the scenery outside.

The smart window takes pictures using an external camera and turns them into high-contrast grayscale images. These images are reproduced on the glass using special LEDs. When a passenger touches the image, different shades of gray vibrate with a range of 255 intensities. The idea is that blind or visually impaired passengers can touch the scene and use the varying intensities of vibration to create in their mind what the landscape looks like.

Ford’s team in Italy worked with agency GTB Roma and Aedo, a local start-up that specializes in devices for the visually impaired.

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