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Blind Photographer Sees World Through Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses

21-January-2021

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Vuzix Smart Glasses can help the blind see and live independently. Just as important, they’re helping them pursue their passions. 

Born blind, photographer Pranav Lal experiments using alternate sensors as a substitute for vision. Using “The vOICe” - a technology which turns images caught on a live camera into sound - he senses objects using pitch. 

Until now, he’s used laptops, desktops, and smartphones to see with sound. With Vuzix Smart Glasses, the process is now hands-free. 

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Since Lal prefers the autonomy of ‘non-contact’ navigation (no cane), Smart Glasses allow him to interpret sounds more seamlessly. He can detect object height, depth, and distance through headphones connected to the Vuzix Blade’s camera and by utilizing its built in stereo audio and wearable Android computer.

A passionate traveler, Lal uses light, shadow, and shape to capture moments of inspiration. Eventually, he’d like to walk the seafloor with vOICe-enabled Smart Glasses.

Blind photographer Pranav Lal wearing Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses. Using the vOICe for Android app, he uses the Augmented Reality (AR) device to see.

On a day to day basis, his Vuzix Blade allows Lal to complete tasks with greater ease. His relentless innovation and optimism combine to push the boundaries of what a fully-blind person can accomplish. 

The technology allows Lal to shop online, appreciate architecture, independently navigate his way through supermarkets, and more. 

And that was before the hands-free seamlessness of Smart Glasses were made available to him. Who knows what the technology has in-store for the blind in the coming years?  

The vOICe for Android is available on all Vuzix M-Series Smart Glasses and the Vuzix Blade


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