Transformative reality: improving bionic vision with robotic sensing

Wen Lik Dennis Lui, Damien Christopher Browne, Lindsay Kleeman, Thomas William Drummond, Wai Ho Li

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Implanted visual prostheses provide bionic vision with very low spatial and intensity resolution when compared against healthy human vision. Vision processing converts camera video to low resolution imagery for bionic vision with the aim of preserving salient features such as edges. Transformative Reality extends and improves upon traditional vision processing in three ways. Firstly, a combination of visual and non-visual sensors are used to provide multi-modal data of a person's surroundings. This enables the sensing of features that are difficult to sense with only a camera. Secondly, robotic sensing algorithms construct models of the world in real time. This enables the detection of complex features such as navigable empty ground or people. Thirdly, models are visually rendered so that visually complex entities such as people can be effectively represented in low resolution. Preliminary simulated prosthetic vision trials, where a head mounted display is used to constrain a subject's vision to 25×25 binary phosphenes, suggest that Transformative Reality provides functional bionic vision for tasks such as indoor navigation, object manipulation and people detection in scenes where traditional processing is unusable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS
Subtitle of host publicationSan Diego, California USA, 28 August -1 September, 2012
EditorsNigel Lovell
Place of PublicationPiscatway, NJ
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages304 - 307
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781457717871
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2012 - Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 28 Aug 20121 Sep 2012
Conference number: 34th


ConferenceInternational Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2012
Abbreviated titleEMBC 2012
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego

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