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Fauxsee Innovations, LLC was founded to develop new products to improve the life and well-being of the seeing-impaired. We are currently offering the Roboglasses® product. In addition, we have a number of on-going research and development programs that will lead to new aids for the blind. Click here for more information on these research and development efforts.

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The patented Roboglasses® Electronic Travel Aide (ETA) provides advanced sensors and actuators that detect obstacles in the wearer's path of travels and indicates the distance to those obstacles. Roboglasses® provides hands-free, silent, vibration-free environmental information delivery using the sense of touch and does not require extensive cognitive skills or training for the wearer. The Roboglasses® ETA helps prevent injury to the head and upper body and give these users increased mobility and freedom of movement. With Roboglasses®, a blind user can sense their external environment and use the devices haptic (touch) feedback to determine the location and distance to objects in that environment. Roboglasses® works by taking information from precision ultrasonic sensors and determining the distance to an object. A high-performance microprocessor in the glasses encodes this information in a form that is then communicated to the user through specialized haptic feedback devices. Haptic actuators are located in the stems of the glasses and the encoded information indicates the range and relative location of objects in a blind traveler's path. Roboglasses® is the solution to the problem of hazard detection and warning.

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Why Roboglasses®?

Over 46% percent of the 11.4 million visually impaired people in the United States experience a head or facial injury at least once a month. Approximately 23% of these individuals are injured severely enough to require medical attention. Head injuries are frequent, expensive and can be life changing for those with no or little vision.

The long cane and the guide dog are the most used method of providing mobility assistance for the blind. However, both the guide dog and the cane are only useful for detecting objects that are below waist level in the path of the blind person. Unfortunately, and all too often, they can actually lead the unsighted user into an upper body hazard.

There have been numerous attempts to make an ETA for the blind. However, most of these have met with limited acceptance because they are too distracting and are unable to locate an obstacle in the traveler's path. Products that use sound, vibration or other audible alarms are often too complicated to use or give too much information about objects and obstacles outside the user's travel path. Orientation and Mobility experts have found that blind travelers prefer less complicated devices that provide minimum disruption to hearing.

Roboglasses overcomes the limitations of previous devices using the latest in processor, communications, sensor and actuator technology. Roboglasses is a standalone device powered by a rechargeable battery which allows all day use.

Roboglasses® Description

Sensors.

Roboglasses uses ultrasonic sensors that measure distance to an object with an accuracy of ± 1 mm (about 1/32 inch). The sensors have a range from 30 cm (approximately 12") to 500 cm (approximately 16.4 feet). Two sensors are provided which allow binocular sensing of the environment. The user can move his/her head from left to right or up and down to scan for and detect an object in the travel path. Haptic Actuators. Roboglasses® uses haptic (touch) devices to provide distance information to the wearer. Roboglasses® uses linear resonant actuators (LRAs) to provide the touch sensation. The actuators are located in the stems of the glasses. There are five independent actuators in each stem. Each actuator is paired with an intelligent haptic controller. This means that each haptic device can "play" one of 123 different haptic effects. Haptic effects can vary from a simple touch (or tap) to more complex effects such as a bump, buzz or linear ramp. Note that these programmable effects are touch effects and are felt on the skin. Haptic effects are not audible. They do not interfere with the wearer's hearing and they cannot be heard by anyone standing near the wearer.

Roboglasses® uses a high-performance 32-bit microprocessor for processing the range information from the ultrasonic sensors and programming and controlling the haptic actuators. The Roboglasses® electronics also includes three 3-axis gyros which are used to monitor user movement and head tilt angles. A Bluetooth communications capability is also provided in the Roboglasses®. Bluetooth communications can be used to link the glasses with other products such as the Fauxsee Innovations, LLC RoboFind™ product.

User Controls.

Roboglasses® features a very simple user interface consisting of three touch buttons and a touch slider control. These are located on the glasses stems and allow the user to change modes of operation (indoor or outdoor), adjust the range sensitivity of the glasses and control the volume of the bone conduction microphone which is also located in the glasses stems. The bone conduction microphone is used to provide audio warning messages to the user (such as "Battery low, please recharge soon."). This speaker can also be used with the RoboFind™ product to provide limited audio information to the wearer (.e.g., turn by turn walking instructions).

Roboglasses Configuration.

Roboglasses® can be configured in a number of ways to meet the particular needs of the user. For example, Roboglasses® has two modes of operations - either indoor or outdoor. The default settings for these ranges are a maximum range of approximately 5 feet for indoor operation and 15 feet for outdoor operation. This means that for operation in the indoor mode each LRA is signaling an object at less than 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, four feet or five feet distance. For outdoor operation these ranges are 3 feet, 6, feet, 9 feet, 12 feet and fifteen feet. However, the user can specify different default indoor and outdoor ranges when ordering Roboglasses and no configuration is required by the user.

The particular haptic effect that is played at each range can also be specified by the user when ordering the glasses. If the user has no particular preference the factor default setting will be applied for each programmable LRA.

Fauxsee Innovations, LLC also offers a software program that can be used to configure the Roboglasses®. This program requires a sighted user to set up and configure the glasses for the wearer. This program runs on a laptop and allows the user to set the maximum range of the glasses, the indoor and outdoor mode ranges, the sensitivity for each sensor and the particular LRA effect that is to be played by each LRA. This allows maximum flexibility in configuring the glasses for the blind user. This program also provides a real-time display of the range information returned by the glasses and indicates when a particular haptic effect is played.

Roboglasses® are powered by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.

More Information

Roboglasses®

  • Makes life safer. Avoid facial and upper body injuries
  • Precision ultrasonic sensors detect objects in the travel path. Accurate to within ± 1mm.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Operating Modes.
  • Innovatinve haptic devices play multiple haptic (touch) effects to warn and inform.
  • High-performance 32-bit microprocessor with 3 3-D gyros for orientation.
  • Rechargeable with wireless recharging.
  • Uses 3-D additive manufacturing technology to ensure frames fit precisely.
  • Simple user controls

  • Tools for custom setup and configuration to satisfy individual preferences.
  • Compatible with future Fauxsee Innovations, LLC product offerings.

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