Accessibility & Technology

Event Recap: Electronic Glasses

Oct 25, 2018

Event Recap: Electronic Glasses

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 Acesight. 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?

If you’d like to share your thoughts and feedback, or ask a question, please send us an email to: patients@ophthalmicedge.org, or post a comment on our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.

Product Information

IrisVision

IrisVision
IrisVision

$2,500.
web: irisvision.com
email: chuck@magnifyit.com

  • 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

OrCam

Orcam My Reader
Orcam My Reader

My Reader
$3,500. wired
$2,500. wireless
web: orcam.com
email: chuck@magnifyit.com

  • 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.
OrCam My Eye
OrCam My Eye

My Eye
$4,500. wireless
$3,500. wired
web: orcam.com
email: chuck@magnifyit.com

  • 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

Jordy
Jordy

$3,695.
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

Acesight by Zoomax

RevoSight
Acesight

$4,995.
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.

eSight

$5,950 (as of January 2019)
web: esighteyewear.com

We discussed this product based on our OEPatients.org article, eSight Up Close.

Aira

web: aira.io

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

To learn more about Aira, read our latest review on the service, Aira at the Airport.

Originally 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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