eSight smart glasses are allowing legally blind people to see for the first time

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15 Feb 2018 02:40 - +2771
One of my classmates in college got one for her 10 year old son. They crowdfunded for the glasses and the trip to Toronto (where the company was located). When he tried them on, the first thing he said was “Mom, your nose is so big!” Now he can read and do schoolwork unassisted. Only drawback is he could only wear them about 15 minutes at a time (at first) because he got headaches from it. Yay science!
15 Feb 2018 02:21 - +1900
I hope the next model has the bling where the light goes back and forth across the front.
15 Feb 2018 03:04 - +1313
LEGALLY blind is much different than full blindness, just to remind any skimmers here.
15 Feb 2018 03:04 - +451
A friend of mine has something like these because of his impaired sight. The goal was to get a pair before his daughter would graduate high school so he could see her receive her diploma. We did a bunch of fund raisers for him and he ended up with enough money for 2 pairs so he donated the left over money so that someone else could get a pair as well. Amazing technology! One thing that made me laugh with the pair he got was that he can stream television and games to the headset as well. Like I said before, simply amazing technology to give someone back the gift of vision again.
15 Feb 2018 02:41 - +339
"are so effective that in some cases the previously blind person may have the best sight in the room when wearing them." There's an episode of Futurama for everything. Next thing you know, people will have to sew themselves back together and revert back to their disabilities to feel human again.
15 Feb 2018 02:46 - +245
>Legally Blind "Do you have a license for that disability?" Uhh... I umm... *bolts the fuck away*
15 Feb 2018 02:44 - +96
It's a VISOR!
15 Feb 2018 03:14 - +67
I used to work with a group developing similar technology and I'm always a little skeptical of these articles. These devices do/can help but it really depends on the patient and what caused their vision to be reduced in the first place. The way the eSight glasses work involves magnifying the image and enhancing contrast with post processing and displaying them on OLED panels, much like a VR headset (Rift/Vive etc). Magnification + contrast enhancement is just about the best we can do for patients with dense visual deficits. We've been using telescopes that can be fitted onto glasses or clipped on for a long time, but this only solves one of these issues, the magnification. To the point that she can 'see the equivalent of 20/20' is a bit misleading, sort of. She may be able to read a 20/20 line of text but with great magnification (and therefore field constriction, like looking through a telescope) and the enhanced contrast. It is pretty laborious to read small print, but it's true, it does help. The points in the article talking about a person being blind having the 'best vision in the room' is also a little bothersome. They mentioned the patient in the article was 'legally blind' (Unable to be corrected to better than 20/200) since birth. This would be ambliogenic (causing amblyopia), which is like projecting a 1080p image onto a 128x128 grid of pixels, no matter how well you focus it, the hardware (striate cortex) isn't able to resolve it any better. Anywho, it's great that these devices are able to help, but I always find issue with how sensationalized these articles make it out to be. Similar things with the retinal implants (Argus II etc) and these devices. One of the coolest applications for truly blind people is image recognition/spatial identification and verbalizing "Doorway closed 5' in front of you". Computer vision is doing some great things to help the visually impaired.
15 Feb 2018 03:40 - +29
I am a legally blind person, and I got to do a hands-on demo with these. They don’t do much you couldn’t already do with a decent cell-phone camera. At the time, they wanted $15,000 for them. Their promo about allowing legally blind people to “see for the first time” is intentionally misleading. They set up some items both near and far and you can use the device to zoom in on those items which allow you to see at the same level of a 20/20 sighted person but you have to be able to see (even if your vision is extremely poor like mine) to be able to use the device.
15 Feb 2018 03:05 - +24
Would this work for people that are fully blind?
15 Feb 2018 03:15 - +24
Hey there Geordi LaForge
15 Feb 2018 03:02 - +14
What is legally blind?
15 Feb 2018 03:00 - +14
What about legally blond people?
15 Feb 2018 02:53 - +13
So, er, what about illegally blind people?
15 Feb 2018 05:35 - +9
Nobody tell Logan Paul.
15 Feb 2018 03:03 - +9
These things work great for some people but they really need to work on the price. Last time I looked it was $10k
15 Feb 2018 08:31 - +8
Hey, I thought I'd weigh in on this as someone who's actually had first hand experience with these. My mom is legally blind with degenerative eye failure. She was poisoned by a military spill of agent orange into the ground water in Camp Lejeune North Carolina when she was a teenager. Her condition leaves her with terrable vision, and she lacks the ability to see worth a damn most of the time, unless what she's looking at is inlarged and right in front of her face. It's really bad. My dad did some research and looked into these glasses. They seemed like a great idea, but as the article says, it comes with a 10,000 dollar price tag. It's hard to put any price on the ability to see, but my mom has worked hard in her life and has never let her vision problem stand in her way. She hates the idea of looking like a freak and she was against the idea up front. That being the case, she decided to try these out. What they told us is that if you want to try them, you have to come to one of their centers for the blind to even try them, an I home test costs 500 dollars for a trial. That's pretty high, all things considered. When I tried them out myself I was amazed at how underwhelming they were. The resolution is medeocre, the fit is bad, they fall off your face if you look down, they are made of super cheap materials, they don't focus well, even with no prescription and they have a short battery life. That's it? For 10 grand? What? My solution for her was to get a Samsung note 8 and an oculus gear vr. For less than 10% of the cost, the comfort, form factor, battery life, build quality, resolution and camera are unbelievably better. The problem is the software. The passthrough camera works OK, but it lacks functionality. I did a little research and there is a Korean company that developed an app called Relumino that blows that Canadian bullshit away. It actually brought me to tears when my mom tried it out and she could actually, for the first time in my life, could read the signs on the stores near by. I was pissed that the esight was so bad, but the ability for the gear vr to work as well as it does was amazing. If you bothered to read this far and would like help or would like to know more, let me know and I can help you walk through my process. TLDR: Note 8 + gear vr + Relumino blows this 10k piece of junk out of the water for less than 1/10 the price.
15 Feb 2018 03:06 - +7
We need ones that looks like Jordi LaForge's from Star Trek: TNG and a cylon one and then even I, a person with perfect vision might get one.
15 Feb 2018 04:25 - +7
Jesus Christ. That’s kind Geordi LaForge level stuff.
15 Feb 2018 03:15 - +6
What a coincidental post! I'm currently raising the money for a pair. I tried them last week and they worked for me. I've read plenty of eye charts in my day but I read the bottom line from across the room. Luckily, they work with my condition and visual acuity.
15 Feb 2018 03:19 - +4
My husband set up a meeting and tried a pair of these. He LOVED them. They gave him almost perfect vision and we tried to get him a pair, but at that time they were hovering around 10k and we were only able to raise about a grand. Hopefully the prices keep dropping because he wants them so bad. I hate that we have these amazing technological advances, but they’re so far out of financial reach for the ones who need them.
15 Feb 2018 03:18 - +4
I'm not blind, but I want the Geordi special edition.
15 Feb 2018 03:19 - +3
Can you image if we had eSight smart glasses when we were 12? Even better we got em when we're 40
15 Feb 2018 03:26 - +3
I didn't drive no getaway car, I'm legally blind.
15 Feb 2018 05:05 - +3
I like that the entire first section is just explaining why being blind sucks and that being able to see is definitely an improvement. No shit, just tell us how it works. Save that other stuff for the end.
15 Feb 2018 02:46 - +3
Science! FUCK YEAH!
15 Feb 2018 03:11 - +3
Version 2.0 better look like the visor that Jordi LaForge wore in TNG.
15 Feb 2018 04:49 - +2
P.O.P hold it down
15 Feb 2018 09:22 - +2
Legally Blind, now that’s a film I’d like to see
15 Feb 2018 03:12 - +2
Can't wait for this to expand to illegally blind people as well!
15 Feb 2018 04:04 - +2
I think it's unconscionable that, in this day and age, we stand by a legal system that blinds people.
15 Feb 2018 03:13 - +2
Does it also monitor, regulate and surveil whatever the wearer sees?
15 Feb 2018 09:59 - +2
As someone who's had to wear glasses throughout life, it would be so damned cool to still have to wear them but be able to zoom into things instead of straining and getting headaches from squinting. Just to see what other people see.
15 Feb 2018 03:21 - +2
Anyone know if this will help sufferers of Retinitis Pigmentosa? A friend of mine has RP and I stay on the lookout for anything tech related that could help her. Their website says Today, our current eSighters live with a variety of conditions, including (but not limited to): Aniridia, Cataracts, Coloboma, Cone-Rod Dystrophy, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Ocular Albinism, Macular Degeneration, Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), Stargardt's Disease, Optic Neuritis, Retinal Detachment, and many more. But doesn't specifically mention RP anywhere.
15 Feb 2018 02:46 - +2
OP.. Are you Larry David?
15 Feb 2018 03:38 - +2
15 Feb 2018 04:54 - +2
hell yeah star trek
15 Feb 2018 05:21 - +2
can you be illegally blind?
15 Feb 2018 08:43 - +2
what about those who are illegally blind?
15 Feb 2018 05:40 - +2
But what about the illegally blind?
15 Feb 2018 09:58 - +2
I'm poor and cheap. But I gave them $10. Might need them someday.
15 Feb 2018 05:42 - +2
My friend lost his eyes in an accident. Too bad these glasses will do nothing for him.
15 Feb 2018 10:06 - +2
Lt. Commander LaForge reporting for duty Captain.
15 Feb 2018 07:29 - +2
My VI wife tried them, it was amazing how well she could see with them, but the price tag and the clumsy-as-hell UI shows it's got another decade of development to go
15 Feb 2018 08:14 - +2
I've been legally blind since birth with optic nerve hyper placia. I'm a 27 y.o male and still can't drive or do any jobs I've dreamt of as a kid. I live on disability income and housing luckily I'm blessed to have that.i hardly have any motivation or ambition do anything else but live on my assistance. Imo a man that can't drive isn't a man at all and I really wish I could have joined the marines or done something interesting with my life. I don't have a point to make related to the article just venting
15 Feb 2018 04:47 - +2
How expensive are these? This sort of seems like exactly the same effect that I get using something like the Gear VR with camera passthrough mode...
15 Feb 2018 08:17 - +2
The illegally blind deserve to see too
15 Feb 2018 04:50 - +2
I hope they make the jordi la forge skin for it soon
15 Feb 2018 08:35 - +2
I somehow read that as "eSight smart glasses are allowed to legally blind people for the first time"

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