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SAN FRANCISCO -- Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance. Many people who are blind actually have a bit of vision capability, said Stephen Hicks, a research fellow in neuroscience at Oxford University. People that are visually challenge could benefit from augmented reality, much like a deaf person can benefit from a hearing aid, amplifying the ability to distinguish shapes or distance. In 2014, Hicks and his colleagues, won a £500,000 Google Impact Challenge to expand their research and create 100 pairs of the glasses to test on people with sight loss in their homes. VA-ST hopes to bring smart glasses to market at the end ...

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