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Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s $500,000 donation to MIT

Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s charity foundation has donated a sum of around $500,000 to aid MIT in researching new technology products for the blind. Bocelli himself attended workshops held at MIT over the weekend, which included a debate between Italian and MIT researchers on the ways neuroscientists and computer scientists are attempting to develop innovative technologies for the visually impaired. the research will focus on the development of new products designed to aid those afflicted by blindness, including technologies like jackets and watches that can recognise faces. Among the products discussed at the event were a jacket with a built-in discreet camera that can recognise not only faces of people that approach the wearer, but also the body language and what they’re wearing. Other ideas include watches and other apparel that can recognise surroundings for basically mobility issues like tripping hazards and possible collisions when navigating busy areas.