Are you interested in upping your spectacle game with tech-centric smart glasses?
With scores of screens around us, plenty of small fonts to focus on, and sharp screen colors constantly badgering our eyes it’s imperative that we wear spectacles that reduce the strain on our eyes. It’s a given that as we get older, our eyesight also begins to deteriorate. On one hand, the intense use of technology triggers the problem and on the other hand, technology brings the solution in the form of smart glasses. If you want to know how technology is being used to help people with problem eyesight, you’ve come to the right place.
According to the National Federation of the Blind, almost 7 million individuals in the U.S. have impaired vision. Worldwide, the numbers increase with over 285 million people having eyesight issues according to data published by the World Health Organization. Fortunately, scientists and engineers are coming together to help solve this problem. Here is some of the amazing smart eyewear that has been invented and will likely be released to the public in the next few years once perfected.
1. Assisted Vision
Assisted Vision Glasses have been designed specifically for people with low vision and who find it difficult to recognize their surroundings. In the case of assisted vision, the glasses devices feature transparent OLED, GPS, hearing aid, gyroscope and a couple of cameras. With the help of these high-tech glasses, you can visualize obstacles, recognize things around you, and count moving objects. These glasses efficiently adjust the perspective according to your physical movement. The size and weight of these high-end glasses are still a concern and researchers like Dr. Stephen Hicks from the University of Oxford are working tirelessly to minimize the size.
2. Artificial Intelligence Glasses
Researchers at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Mexico) are ambitious in their attempt to help visually impaired people by introducing artificial intelligence, ultrasound technology, and computational geometry to AI Glasses. The upside of artificial intelligence glasses is that they are not as bulky as Assisted Vision glasses and are not as heavy either.
3. ODG R-7
When it comes to smart eyewear that’s been well received and enjoyed some success, the ODG R-7 comes to mind. ODG’s R-7 glasses stand out in the list of commercially successful high-tech glasses. They are more than just glasses because they carry the features of an Android tablet. R-7 Glasses feature Wi-Fi, voice recognition, camera, GPS and Bluetooth in addition to the accelerometers and magnetometers. With a stylish look and high-tech sensors, R-7 glasses have set the pace and determined the future of smart glasses.
It's great talking about all the amazing work that’s being done in the field of optics and smart eyewear, but the biggest hindrance to date is the price of these glasses. The pricing of artificially intelligent glasses is still quite high, however, it is hoped that as more companies enter the playing field, the prices will decrease.
You may be wondering what makes these glasses so expensive. It’s the technology involved in making these glasses which drives up the cost. This technology is rare and expensive and ultimately results in high prices. When talking specifically about the glasses for visually impaired people, the technological requirements go above the ordinary sensors and gadgets. The light sensor, depth analyzer, 3D structuring, and object recognition features come into play and there is no room for an average installment.
The Future of Smart Eyewear
The future of smart eyewear is promising. The costs are decreasing day by day and there is a focus on using the transparent material to create a feeling of lightness. Smart eyewear is now more compact and more comfortable, trendy, and fashionable. There is more variety today than ever before. We’re certain that as technology evolves we will continue to see more improvement in smart eyewear. People with problem eyesight will have greater options to help improve their vision.