On October 18, 2018, we took a closer look at a selection of wearable technology for low vision.
This was a category met with great interest and we were pleased to have representatives to present and provide demos for IrisVision, OrCam, Jordy and RevoSight. eSight and Aira were discussed, as well, and all products are recapped below.
The conversations that evolve, at these events, are always interesting and informative. 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?
- goggles using a phone camera for magnifying
- like electronic binoculars
- 90-degreed field of view
- visual device, not recommended for mobility
- setting for limited peripheral field
- simplified control settings
- use for reading, TV, distance and reading by line
- use for watching TV, movies, sporting events
- freeze frame
- 30-day return policy
- lease to own option
- small camera that attaches to glasses
- a device for reading, not for seeing
- gesture to read selected text by pointing finger
- reads signs, newspapers, books, magazines, mail, etc.
- same text-to-speech capability as OrCam My Reader (above) with added features
- facial recognition can be programmed for up to 100 people
- bar code scanner reads product details
- currency identifier
- programmable to identify favorite products
- color ID
- date &time
- not yet hearing-aid-compatible
Jordy by Enhanced Vision
- 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
RevoSight by Zoomax
- 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.
We discussed this product based on our OEPatients.org article, eSight Up Close.
A monthly subscriptions starts at $89 for 100 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
Stay tuned to OEPatients.org for the fun story on Aira, coming soon.
About the Author
Dorrie Rush is a Visual Accessibility Expert and progressive proponent for Universal Access and Inclusive Design. 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.