Blindness in the News – July 8, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, July 8, 2016.

A weekly compilation of news stories highlighting items of interest about people who are blind, visually impaired and disabled.

1. Google’s DeepMind Could Be Used To Treat Blindness
By: Emily Reynolds

Google’s development of DeepMind, an advancing Artificial Intelligence, is being tested to detect early signs of vision loss.  With sight loss statistics expected to double by the year 2050, AI could play a vital role in prevention.

Source: Wired | Read Here

2. Blind Paralympic Swimmer Tucker Dupree Is the Embodiment of Perseverance
By: Lauren Steele

Tucker Dupree’s journey from high school athlete to a U.S. Paralymic medalist is one to idolized.  He began swimming at the age of 14, needing swim lessons in a class designed for 10 year olds.  But he persevered through all obstacles, even sudden central vision loss in both eyes, and will be on his way to his third paralympic competition.

Source: Men’s Journal | Read Here

3. It’s No Robot Guide Dog – But This Wearable Aims To Help Blind People Safely Move
By: Federico Guerrini

Horus is a new wearable device meant to safely guide the visually impaired through their surroundings.  The headset not only emits sounds, but uses two cameras similar to intelligent parking systems in vehicles, to alert the user of obstacles, objects, or people in their path.

Source: ZD Net | Read Here

4. Sydney Launches ‘World’s Largest’ Braille and Tactile Network For Vision-Impaired Pedestrians
By: Amanda Hoh

The city of Sydney has recently placed a number of aluminum panels that display building numbers and street names in both large, raised letters and braille.  Located at crossing areas next to push buttons, the new signs help the visually impaired community move more comfortably through the streets.

Source: ABCI | Read Here

5. Current Stimulation To the Brain Partially Restores Vision in Patients with Glaucoma and Optic Nerve Damage
By: Unlisted

Vision loss affects millions of people around the world, and for the most part has been considered irreversible.  However recent studies have found that patients who were exposed to ACS treatment, noninvasive, transorbital alternating current stimulation, regained activation of residual vision and improvement in acuity, reading, mobility and orientation.

Source: Science Daily | Read Here

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