These smart glasses help visually impaired people to move independently and safely

quality of life and independency for the visually impaired

For visually impaired people – and in general all those who live with a disability – the development of technology can lead to an enormous improvement in the quality of life, especially in terms of daily independence; And the project ‘Eyeglasses with facial recognition for Visual impairment‘, created by a team of developers from Brazil, has precisely this purpose.

        Partially sighted person (photo:

These are smart glasses specifically designed to help people with low vision move easily and safely. Equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3 B, they use a high resolution 4.0 camera to recognize objects and faces, and an ultrasonic sensor to detect obstacles. The latter is intended to monitor the distance of the nearest object, activating a warning signal if the person is about to inadvertently collide with it.


Prototype of glasses (photo:


The device will not be isolated, but in constant contact with the internet and also with healthcare professionals, to become an emergency device for localization if necessary.

The code, written with Python 3, is designed for the future implementation of artificial intelligence, which will make it no longer necessary to manually set the various objects that the glasses will have to recognize, but will look for them directly on the network.


The project is among the selected ones of the Maker Faire Rome – the European Edition 2019, the innovation fair that will take place from 18 to 20 October at Fiera di Roma. Come and find out!

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