Google, in partnership with guiding eyes for the blind, launched an artificial intelligence system called project guideline on Thursday to help blind and low vision people run independently with just one smartphone. Thomas Panek, CEO of guiding eyes for the blind, uses an app that tracks virtual games via GPS and a Google designed seat belt that provides audio cues to indicate the location of pre drawn lines. < / P > < p > according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, in 2015, there were 1.02 million blind people in the United States, and about 3.22 million people had visual impairment. There are already technologies that can help blind and low vision people travel through challenging everyday environments, but those who want to run must rely on guide animals or human guides. < / P > < p > Google’s guideline app can work without a network connection, just draw a guide on the pedestrian road. Users use the above seat belts to wear Android phones around their waists; the guideline app runs a machine learning model to look for the drawn line and identify it. The model is derived from Google hack marathon and takes into account the variables of weather and light conditions. The app then calculates the user’s position approximately and provides audio feedback through the bone conduction headset to help the user stay on the guidelines. If the user is on the left side of the line, they will hear audio in the left ear increasing volume and discord, and if the user moves to the right side of the line, the same will happen to the right ear. < / P > < p > “imagine walking down a corridor in the dark, holding out your hands. When you move to the left, you feel the wall with your left hand and move back to the center to correct it, “a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat via email. “As you move to the right, you feel the wall with your right hand and move back to the center to correct it. The same applies to the project guideline, except that you hear the boundaries on your left and right, not feel them. ” < / P > < p > in addition to the pilot with Panek, Google plans to work with organizations to help draw guidelines in different communities and provide more feedback. < / P > < p > the introduction of the guideline is the first time Google has introduced more in-depth verbal instructions for maps. It tells users when to turn and when to approach intersections so that they can be cautious when crossing the road. The company is also continuing to develop lookout, an accessibility focused application that uses computer vision to identify packaged food and scan files for easy viewing of letters and emails. Privacy Policy