This AI Pow­ered Solu­tion will Aid Visu­al­ly Impaired Individuals


IT company Accenture has unveiled a new AI-powered solution, named ‘Drishti’, which would assist visually impaired people in gain more insight regarding their surroundings as well as people around.

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The smartphone-based assistance provided by ‘Drishti’ will be based on image recognition, natural language processing and natural language generation capabilities.

This will help the solution efficiently describe the environment around them, the number of people, their ages, genders and even emotions based on facial expressions.

“This solution is a great illustration of how AI technology can empower humans by augmenting their capabilities so they can achieve more for themselves and the world around them,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, in a statement.

Drishti has been made in collaboration with National Association for the Blind in India and it will be initially provided to about 100 people in India.

“We’ve seen first-hand how the ‘Drishti’ solution can enable visually impaired individuals to lead more inclusive and productive lives,” said Pallavi Kadam, Executive Director, National Association for the Blind in India.

The software solution can also help user avoid obstructions such as a glass door or broken pathway, identify and narrate text from books and documents, identify currency notes and much more.

Currently, the solution is going through a pilot test in South Africa and another Spanish version of this software is going through test with Accenture’s employees in Argentina.

While there are millions of people around the world, the facilities to support and enable them to lead a more prosperous life have been limited — especially in developing nations like India.

But alongwith the evolution of technology, especially machine learning, it’s now possible to develop solutions to empower those with physical impairments.

(With inputs from IANS)

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