Visionless to Vision – AR Giving Eyesight back to Blind

Blind people can never see. Can they? But now they can. Technology finds a solution where medicines don’t work. AR tech is struggling hard to give eyesight back to visionless people. eSight, a Canadian company, has developed a way to cure the disability of blindness using augmented reality. The idea was showcased in Augmented World Expo at Santa Clara.

The product of eSight can be wore like a pair of glasses. High definition camera at front of headset captures everything like a normal user field of vision. Projection of the images takes place on near-eye displays in real-time. The lens of the device are composed of OLED displays. Glasses are custom made according to wearer’s prescription. Just like bifocals displays of the device can be set in a way to fill the full field of vision or just a small part.

Nearly every activity for human requires focused actions. For example in case of blindness, reading a book, walking on road and many tasks are difficult to perform. To ensure optimized footage of world for such particular tasks eSight has used improved algorithms. Adjustment of depth and focal point is set perfectly that an impaired sight finds easy to use it. Specific objects can be zoomed to 24X. Now clean, clear and close view of white board can be seen by the students.

eSight aim is to improve accessibility for physically disable (especially sensory organ disability) people with help of augmented and virtual reality. AR technology is putting a lot of efforts to jump out of its novelty chapter.

Some extraordinary work is required from the development end to ignite the consumer market to make a proper space for AR tech. Power of technology is defined by the products such as the one eSight is currently working on. Let’s see who can develop something better in future.


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