The search engine giant company is now testing the AI system specifically designed for vision-impaired individuals to run races without any assistance from other people.
Google’s Project Guideline app is an early-phase research program and an attempt to give those people more independence. Once it is fully operational, blind people will no longer have to get a human guide or a guide dog to help them get around places.
How Google’s new AI works
According to Engadget’s latest report, a runner must attach an Android phone to a Google-designed harness that goes around their waist to use the system.
Google’s upcoming AI can use your device’s camera to identify a guideline that’s been provided down on a course. When a runner is lost from the given line, the app will send audio cues to bone-conducting headphones.
These earphones will send louder sounds in one ear the further they stray to the side, which really useful since most visually impaired people are relying on their sense of hearing.
What’s great about this is that it doesn’t need an internet connection to work. It can also account for a number of weather and lighting conditions. This means that you can use it most of the time.