Here's a photo of a blind man using the Microsoft Kinect to "see" his way around (and by "see," we mean "be told what's coming and where to go"). The concept is a brilliant innovation for the blind community. The backpack-mounted wooden computer shelf and construction helmet: not so much.
The idea comes to us from Michael Zöllner and Stephan Huber at the University of Konstanz in Germany. It's pretty straightforward: The Kinect reads the surrounding landscape and delivers voice commands to the user who obeys, hoping that selling Duke the golden retriever service-dog for a video-game contraption won't lead to him walking off a pier.
We're told that head gear also comes with can holders and tubes for a perfect beer helmet.