Medical technology firm eSight is out with a new product (dubbed the eSight 3) that can enhance legally blind people’s ability to see with a combination of a liquid lens, optical prisms, and a high resolution display.
eSight houses a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures everything the user is looking at.
eSight’s algorithms enhance the video feed and display it on two, OLED screens in front of the user’s eyes. Full color video images are clearly seen by the eSight user with unprecedented visual clarity and virtually no lag.
With eSight’s patented Bioptic Tilt capability, users can adjust the device to the precise position that, for them, presents the best view of the video while maximizing side peripheral vision.
This ensures a user’s balance and prevents nausea – common problems with other immersive technologies
eSight CEO Dr. Brian Mech says that the non-invasive device has a 50-50 shot at working on various eye conditions, although it’s currently more effective for diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetes-related vision loss than it is for glaucoma.
But the “non-invasive” component could be particularly compelling. There’s no surgery and no medication involved – just putting on a headset that resembles virtual reality tech.
The eSight 3 headset costs $9,995, which is down from the $15,000 original cost. Obviously they’re not cheap (and most insurances apparently don’t cover the product), although eSight’s chief executive Brian Mech notes to the WSJ that getting devices to users is “a battle we are starting to wage.”
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