They might not win any awards for style, but these prototype glasses are helping partially sighted people to see.
They project enhanced images onto lenses, giving wearers a clearer sense of surroundings.
Users say they feel more independent. Some see their guide dogs for the first time.
They were developed by researchers from Oxford University, who say the bulky headsets will eventually be the same size as a pair of specs.
Transcrição em português
Eles podem não ganhar prêmios de estilo, mas esses protótipos de óculos estão ajudando pessoas com baixa visão a enxergar.
Eles projetam imagens reforçadas sobre lentes, dando a usuários uma melhor noção de seus arredores.
Usuários dizem que se sentem mais independentes. Alguns conseguem ver, pela primeira vez, seus cães-guias.
Eles foram desenvolvidos por pesquisadores da Universidade de Oxford, que dizem que os volumosos dispositivos eventualmente serão do mesmo tamanho de um par de óculos.
partially sighted not completely blind, but able to see very little
enhanced improved, especially by artificial methods
bulky too big to be carried or used easily
specs glasses (short form of the word spectacles)
prototype / partially sighted / enhanced / bulky / specs
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3. The _________ device is still undergoing modification and needs larger tests.
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