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Wearable Low Vision Technology

What To Know About Wearable Low Vision Technology

Wearable Low Vision Technology is revolutionizing how individuals seek assistance with their vision. When people initially contact us looking for assistive technology to help them see more clearly, they imagine a “better pair of glasses”. They want something like glasses, that will sit in front of their eyes and bring clarity no matter where they look. While there are optical glasses that can help some people in the early stages of vision loss, optical solutions have some inherent limitations.

Digital or electronic wearable low vision technology in Washington overcomes these limitations, providing the user with variable magnification, auto-focus, and a large field of view. There are even wearable devices that do not rely on a user’s vision but instead view the user’s surroundings and give them audio feedback for reading text, recognizing faces, reading currency and so much more.

What are the Limitations of Optical Magnification?

Wearable optical magnifiers have a fixed focal range. Depending on the degree of magnification, the user will need to bring the subject matter within a very narrow range of distance to bring the object into focus. Wearable optical magnifiers also have a narrow field of view. The more powerful the magnification the smaller the field of view becomes, allowing only a small section of the subject matter to be viewed at one time. Finally, optical magnifiers have a fixed degree of magnification. There is no way to “zoom in” more. If you need a higher degree of magnification, you would need to purchase a more powerful optical magnifier.

Wearable Digital Magnifiers Overcome the Limitations

Wearable digital magnifiers have a large field of view with screens that sit in front of your eyes making the room, your reading material, TV or computer appear much closer or larger than it is. With variable size control, you can zoom in or out to the perfect degree of magnification for your needs. The camera will auto-focus allowing you to view things across a range of distances from close up to across the room. Wearable digital magnifiers also have additional benefits such as enhanced contrast modes to make text stand out and appear brighter for more comfortable viewing.

Wearable Text-to-Speech Devices

Some people get to the point where they would rather just have text read to them rather than working to read magnified text. There is another subcategory of wearable vision assistive devices in Washington that will do exactly that and so much more.  

These devices have a camera that sees the details in front of you – text, people, colors, currency, furniture. With the tap of a button or a vocal command, a user can hear the text in front of them read aloud, recognize different denominations of currency, call out the name of a friend or family member utilizing face recognition technology, and even call a friend so they can provide visual and verbal assistance by seeing through the very glasses you’re wearing.

Examples of Wearable Low Vision Technology

Vision Buddy is the world’s first ultra-simple television-watching system for the visually impaired. It allows users to zoom in to enjoy a movie theater experience in the comfort of their living room watching their own TV. Vision Buddy also offers the ability to connect to your computer as well as a live viewing mode that magnifies your reading material or your surroundings in the room around you.

OrCam MyEye is a wearable text-to-speech device about the size of a tube of lipstick that is affixed to the side of a pair of glasses. With a simple tap of the finger or pointing gesture, the device takes a picture of the text and immediately begins reading it to you. It has many other features for experiencing your surroundings such as facial recognition, currency recognition, reading barcodes, and more.

Envision Glasses is a wearable assistive device that can convert printed or digital text into audible speech to read to you. It is a hands-free way to get all sorts of information about the environment around you including facial recognition, scene description, and the ability to video conference with a loved one to chat or help in the moment. Powered by cloud processing, Envision Glasses harnesses cutting-edge technology for low-vision and blind users.

Discover the transformative possibilities of wearable low vision technology and regain your independence today! Contact us now to learn more and take the first step toward a clearer future.

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