SK Telecom announced on April 17 that they have developed a smartphone-based digital image management service which will allow videos to be transmitted digitally to counselors, who will help people with visual disabilities through telecommunication with live video footage.
The image management service will be comprised of wearable cameras, smartphone applications, a video management system and client program that feeds video to the consultant’s personal computer or mobile device.
The wearable camera, which can be conveniently hung around an ear to provide broadened range of vision, will act as eyes for people with visual disabilities by recording high-definition video which is transmitted to a smartphone and then to a personal computer or a mobile device of the counselor who receives the live images on the video management software through SK Telecom’s LTE network.
The camera is also designed to be accessible for people with visual disabilities, meaning it will start automatically when powered. With the technology counselors at their desk will be able to help people with visual disabilities to cross the street or alert them to obstructions, bus arrivals and so on. Also, the high-resolution images will enable counselors to check expiration dates on a milk carton or receipts, or read mails for them.
The service is expected to create job opportunities as well since counselors will be able to work from their homes, including employment for persons with disabilities who are sighted. SK Telecom will test the service for two months and provide the service during the latter half of this year.
SK Telecom will also help the disabled by contributing Internet-of-things network lines to an emergency safety service, administered by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, to about 2,000 households with severely-disabled members. It offers various services such as rescuing and emergency medical treatments in critical situations using sensors and Internet-of-things infrastructure.
An official at SK Telecom said, “We expect to help those with various disabilities and create job opportunities using information and communications technology. We truly believe that the technology that we have can contribute in building a better world, and look to expand the services to do so”.