SEOUL, Korea, April 18, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) – 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 the visually-impaired by telecommunications with the live video footages.
The image management service will be comprised of wearable cameras, smartphone applications, video management system, and client program (program which feeds video on 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 the visually-impaired 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 built blind- friendly, meaning it will start automatically when powered. With the technology, the counselors at their desk will be able to help the disabled with crossing the street, or give heads-up on 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 the counselors will be able to work from their home, and even the ones who are physically-challenged can work as a counselor if he or she has the complete vision. SK Telecom will test the service for two months from now on, and provide the full-fledged service during the latter half of this year.
The Korea’s No. 1 telecom carrier will also help the disabled by contributing Internet-of-things network lines to an emergency safety service, which has been 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.”
Written by J. H. Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)