Accessibility & Technology

Electronic Glasses Price Update

Feb 28, 2020

Electronic Glasses Price Update

We are updating our recap on electronic glasses, because things are changing, most notably price. In the case of all the wearable devices we first discussed at a live event in October 2018, the prices have come down, some significantly. That is a good thing, and we’ll keep an eye out for further developments.

Before you read about and evaluate whether these products might be useful for you, here are some points to consider.

It’s important to manage expectations. There are no magic glasses. How well these products can potentially help you is totally dependent on each individual and on remaining vision.

Think about what specifically you want to do. Can the product help you continue to work or use your computer? Watch TV? Read books, magazines, newspapers? And is the cost of the device a worthwhile investment for this activity?

Acesight augmented reality headset for vision and mobility

Acesight by Zoomax

$4,295.00 — all features

$2,995.00 — simplified version

web: acesight.com

email: dbradburn@zoomaxusa.com

  • design does not obstruct peripheral vision
  • 2 screens with 45-degree fields of view
  • high speed refreshes video images fast with no delay
  • magnifies to 15X
  • adjustable contrast or color mode
  • outlining feature highlights objects like doors frames, steps, etc.

OrCam My Eye reading and recognition device

OrCam My Eye 2

$3,500.

web: orcam.com

email: chuck@magnifyit.com

  • mini camera sits on eyeglass frame
  • text-to-speech reads printed or digital text
  • program to recognize people and products
  • bar code scanner reads product details
  • currency identifier
  • color ID
  • date & time
  • a reading device, does not provide visual magnification

IrisVision VR headset zooms to 12x

IrisVision Live

$2,950.

web: irisvision.com

email: chuck@magnifyit.com

  • virtual reality headset
  • zooms to 12x
  • read in color, black on white, white on black
  • 70-degreed field of view
  • use voice commands
  • streams online video
  • text to speech reads documents, menus, books
  • mode for TV, mobile device
  • visual device, not recommended for mobility
  • setting for limited peripheral field

Jordy wearable magnification device

Jordy by Enhanced Vision

$2,575.

web: enhancedvision.com

email: eyeassist3@gmail.com

  • fast refresh, no blurring video image
  • battery charge lasts 8 hours
  • simplified tactile controls
  • converts to CCTV with docking station
  • connects to cable box for TV watching
  • device for seeing, not mobility

Man reading with a friend using eSight headwear

eSight 3

$3,950

web: esighteyewear.com

Now at a very competitive price. Read the review, eSight Up Close.

Home screen of Aira app.

Aira

web: aira.io

*Please Note: Just days after this update published, we learned Aira is discontinuing service with smart glasses as of April 1, 2020. Service with smartphones continues.

Monthly subscriptions with glasses start at $124 for 120 minutes. Without glasses monthly plans begin at $29 for 30 minutes.

  • connect to trained agent
  • 120-degree view of where you are
  • connect with smart glasses or smartphone app
  • applicable at home, shopping, travel, etc.
  • fee-free guest locations available including: AT&T, Wegmans, and a network of airports, with more supermarkets, retailers and transportation terminals, on the way
  • quick calls (under 5 minutes) are now free

To learn more about Aira, read Aira Adds A Free Tier and Aira at the Airport.

Original Event Recap: Electronic Glasses article published on October 25, 2018 and updated on January 28, 2019.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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