Smart glasses that could transform the lives of blind and partially-sighted people could be in the shops by 2016.
The revolutionary technology which is a joint project between the University of Oxford and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
enables blind people to see obstacles and faces, similar to the fictional high-tech visor worn by Geordi La Forge in TV's Star Trek.
The smart glasses consist of a video camera, a computer processing unit that is small enough to fit in a pocket and software that provides images of objects close by to the see-through displays in the eyepieces of the glasses.
Photo: Dr Hicks of Oxford University wearing the innovation. Right, the Star Trek character Geordi LaForge