Osterhout Design Group (ODG), the maker of the award-winning R-7 augmented reality (AR) smartglasses has announced a partnership with NuEyes, a specialist in the field of low-vision technology. The collaboration will see the availability of portable head-mounted displays (HMDs) that can help a wearer with failing sight.
Using NuEyes’ lenses and proprietary software alongside ODG’s R-7 smartglasses, people suffering from macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and other vision-robbing conditions, will be able to read, drive, watch movies, play games, and more.
“This has the opportunity to transform lives,” said Pete Jameson, ODG’s chief operating officer in a statement “Put yourself in the shoes of someone who has had to let go of many of their favourite and necessary activities due to poor sight. It puts you on the sidelines of life and imprisons you in your home. But these smartglasses empower people to do what they used to do. It’s really all about giving people their independence back.”
The R-7’s are voice-activated, battery-powered and feature 3D stereoscopic ultra-transparent HD displays, high-speed wireless connectivity and positional sensors. There’s also a camera which that can shoot at a 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. With NuEyes support the platform can now project the enhanced and enlarged images captured by the camera on the inside of the glasses’ lenses
“Think of the impact of this innovation,” said Mark Greget, NuEyes founder and CEO. “It will help our economy by allowing people to work who previously couldn’t. It will give retirees a new lease on life. And it will be a boon for veterans, who may have the cost completely covered under their health care plan, if approved.”
NuEyes is now shipping the smartglasses to customers, and VRFocus will continue to bring you the latest technological innovations in the AR field.