Bling people have now the opportunity to see again by using these new smart glasses. For instance, Yvonne Felix is legally blind, but she was able to see after this device was implemented for her. She lives with Stargardt disease. This is an early form of macular degeneration. Doctors declared her blind since she was 13 years old.
Felix was curious to test the new eSight 3 smart glasses. She has a big blind spot situated in the middle of her vision which does not allow her to discern colors or have depth perception. She only has a blurry peripheral vision. Specialists argue that legal blindness consists of central vision acuity of only 20/200 or even less, having a visual field of 20 degrees or less.
The normal vision represents 20/20. What Felix has, it is 20/400. Yvonne Felix has lived much of her life in darkness, making use of a walking stick without being able to see her children, reading braille. Nevertheless, her life changes about five years ago when she became a beta-tester for eSight. The eSight 3 camera looks like a smaller version of the VR and AR headsets.
The smart glasses fit over her corrective glasses. The front of the device is outfitted with an HD camera and two sensors. Inside the eSight, there are two powerful prisms and OLED screens. The headset features a processor. The gadget is connected to a battery pack, the battery life being of 3 to 4 hours. The camera collects the images, and the sensors collect the data, helping blind people to keep the image in focus.
The images are processed in the visor, and after that, they are displayed on the dual screens situated at just a few millimeters from the eyes of Yvonne. The remote of the glasses allows Felix to zoom into 24x on pictures. Jeff Fenton, the Director of Marketing at eSight, argued that Yvonne has a vestigial retinal function. The smart glasses stimulate the eye to send more data through the eye to the brain.
When using eSight, Felix has 20/25 vision. Statistics show that there are three hundred million blind people in the world. Three million of them live in North America. They may all be suitable candidates to use the device. The smart glasses cost $9,995.
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