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Toward the development of portable miniature intelligent electronic color identification devices
Author(s): Dan Valeriu Nicolau; Peter Livingston; David Jahshan; Rob Evans
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Paper Abstract

The identification and differentiation of colours is a relatively problematic task for colour-impaired and partially vision-impaired persons and an impossible one for completely blind. In various contexts, this leads to a loss of independence or an increased risk of harm. The identification of colour using optoelectronic devices, on the other hand, can be done precisely and inexpensively. Additionally, breakthroughs in miniaturising and integrating colour sensors into biological systems may lead to significant advances in electronic implants for alleviating blindness. Here we present a functional handheld device developed for the identification of colour, intended for use by the vision-impaired. We discuss the features and limitations of the device and describe in detail one target application - the identification of different banknote denominations by the blind.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5274, Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging, (30 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541138
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Valeriu Nicolau, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Peter Livingston, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
David Jahshan, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Rob Evans, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5274:
Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging
Derek Abbott; Kamran Eshraghian; Charles A. Musca; Dimitris Pavlidis; Neil Weste, Editor(s)

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