Jordanian Enters AI Device For Visually Impaired In European Patent Competition

(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN - Jordanian Mohammad Magharbeh, 23, is competing for the annual European Inventor Award presented by the European Patent Office (EPO).

Launched in 2006, the award recognises inventors of outstanding technological breakthroughs, according to the EPO's website.

Magharbeh is competing for the Young Inventors Prize category, which is awarded to inventors aged 30 and under who develop technological solutions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Magharbeh, who is visually impaired, told The Jordan Times that he's competing with his“smart necklace” device, designed to facilitate movement for blind people by detecting and warning them of potential obstructions, such as cars.

The necklace can also read text captured by its cameras, which can help blind people recognise street signs and store names, Magharbeh said.

The device is equipped with facial recognition technology that can help blind people identify family and friends. The voice-activated necklace is linked to a mobile application to increase its accessibility.

Magharbeh's main goal is to use AI in order to help blind people enjoy a“safe and independent life” without having to rely on others, he said.


Jordan Times

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