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AI-Powered Backpack in Development as New Navigation Tool

AI developer Jagadish K. Madendran and his research team from the University of Georgia have designed an “AI-powered, voice-activated backpack that can help the visually impaired navigate and perceive the world around them.” The backpack uses Intel’s AI software to create audible alerts for users approaching traffic signs, obstacles, crosswalks and other everyday objects and people. This new system uses a laptop housed in the backpack, along with a vest with hidden camera and a waist pack with batteries. A Bluetooth earpiece relays audio alerts related to the user’s immediate environment. It will be quite some time until a version for consumers is launched and the cost has not yet been determined. Read more about it and listen to an interview with the developer here.