• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

Hands-Free Access to a World of Information

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Grand AB  
Blind or sighted, everyone’s toolbox has a camera, usually on a smartphone. Using the camera tool is particularly challenging if one’s hand is used to hold the phone while the other is being used for a guide dog or cane. This is why having a hands-free way of accessing many apps and the information they provide is critical to people who are blind or visually impaired. Camera applications include streaming remote visual assistance like Aira and Be My Eyes, recording video clips for safety and social documentation, reading text, having scenes described, recognizing objects and using navigation apps like GoodMaps that rely on the camera. These apps assist with tasks ranging from assistance at work, to detecting colors of clothing, to detecting barcodes for product details, to being helped to find a nearby Uber driver. Any number of camera glasses have emerged on the market in the past few years including Envision. The general market has Ray-Ban Stories from Meta for recreational and social media recording, which are adding new features. Apple is entering the wearable market with their Vision Pro headset. Others may be on the market by the time of this presentation. Wearable camera computing devices like these and more offer users the ability to access powerful information without having a toolbox in one hand.  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Step into the future with AI-powered smart glasses! Discover how groundbreaking innovations, including Envision and Goodmaps, are reshaping accessibility for the visually impaired.  
Primary Topic
Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Session Type
General Track  


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