Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

MIT's Fifth Sense Project

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A team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is addressing a range of assistive technology needs to enable independent pursuit of activities of daily living, education, and employment for people with blindness or low vision.  MIT's Fifth Sense Project is working to develop solutions in the following areas:

The team is developing wearable devices for people with visual impairments. These devices combine sensing, computation and interaction to provide the wearer with timely, task-appropriate information about the surroundings – the kind of information that sighted people get from their visual systems, typically without conscious effort.