Image Segmentation for Enhancing Symbol Recognition in Prosthetic Vision

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Horne, Lachlan; Barnes, Nick; McCarthy, Chris; He, Xuming


2012-08-30


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IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine & Biology (EMBC)


San Diego


4


Current and near-term implantable prosthetic vision systems offer the potential to restore some visual function, but suffer from poor resolution and dynamic range of induced phosphenes. This can make it difficult for users of prosthetic vision systems to identify symbolic information (such as signs) except in controlled conditions. Using image segmentation techniques from computer vision, we show it is possible to improve the clarity of such symbolic information for users of prosthetic vision implants in uncontrolled conditions. We use image segmentation to automatically divide a natural image into regions, and using a fixation point controlled by the user, select a region to phosphenize. This technique improves the apparent contrast and clarity of symbolic information over traditional phosphenization approaches.


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http://embc2012.embs.org/


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Horne, Lachlan; Barnes, Nick; McCarthy, Chris; He, Xuming. Image Segmentation for Enhancing Symbol Recognition in Prosthetic Vision. In: IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine & Biology (EMBC); San Diego. IEEE; 2012-08-30. 4. http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/99671?index=1



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