Headsets bring Wimbledon to visually impaired

Visually impaired tennis fans were able to experience Wimbledon through 5G-powered headsets because of a trial led by phone network Vodafone and assistive technology company GiveVision.  

Live footage was streamed from local TV cameras to the headsets and the footage was enhanced depending on the wearer’s specific sight requirements. Visually impaired tennis fans and players Rosie Pybus, Ivan Rodriguez Deb and Sinead Grealy were the first to try the headsets. 

The devices, which were trialed on the Centre Court and No.1 Court, work by bringing live footage closer to the viewer's eye to stimulate the photoreceptor cells in the retina and regain a level of sight.  

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