DORA: Digital Object-Recognition Audio-Assistant for the Visually Impaired

Severely visually impaired patients, blind patients, or blind patients with retinal implants alike can benefit from a system such as the object recognition assistant presented here. With the basic infrastructure (image capture, image analysis, and verbal image content announcement) in place, this system can be expanded to include attributes such as object size and distance, or, by means of an IR-sensitive camera, to provide basic “sight” in poor visibility (e.g., foggy weather) or even at night.