Samsung’s latest C-Labs project promises clarity for the visually impaired

Samsung’s C-Labs offshoot has provided some of the firm’s most interesting/wackiest products of recent years.

Remember the Welt smart belt that sounds an alarm when you’ve eaten too much? Or what about the app that helps you create music just by humming into it? Or that new way to navigate virtual reality environments with just your face?

The company plans to debut up to 7 new C-Labs products at CES 2018 next week, one of which is the Relúmĭno glasses that can make images clearer and more vivid.

The internal accelerator’s latest product is designed to assist visually impaired people.

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The smart glasses are a follow up to the previously launched app of the same name. Until now the app has  worked in tandem with the Gear VR headsets.

Now we’re about to see dedicated hardware, which will be powered by a smartphone, but have its own display and camera. This means users won’t have to slide their phone into goggles.

The hardware is likely to be more practical for users to wear in real-life situations, rather than strapping on a Gear VR every time they want to get a better look at a restaurant menu.

As with the app/Gear VR combination, the glasses will use the smartphone’s camera in order to magnify real-world environments, while adjusting colour, brightness and contrast to make things easier to read.

Samsung writes: “The glasses work in conjunction with a smartphone, utilizing its processors and batteries, which makes Relúmĭno glasses light and comfortable to wear. The smartphone processes images from videos projected through the camera of the glasses, and the processed images are floated into the display of the Relúmĭno glasses to help the wearer see things better.”

Speakers, breathing tools and more…

The company is also planning to show off more Creative Lab endeavors at the year’s biggest tech show.

Those include the S-Ray (Sound-Ray) directional speaker “which users can carry anywhere.”

The firm adds: “S-Ray helps people avoid having to put on earphones for a long time which can cause ear pain, and avoids the distractions to others Bluetooth speakers can cause.”

Finally, the firm will showcase GoBreath, which is described as a “recovery solution for people who have experienced lung damage.”

It promotes breathing exercises to assist with faster recovery.

Samsung explains: “A doctor at Samsung Medical Center came up with the concept of GoBreath, which helped his patients recover faster, and consists of a portable device and mobile app that can teach patients basic techniques such as inspiration, coughing or deep breathing.”

 

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