UK-based technology start-up OxSight has launched a new smart glasses device for people with visual impairments. The new OxSight Crystal glasses, like the existing OxSight Prism glasses, use revolutionary image interpretation technology and algorithms to enhance the remaining sight for people with peripheral vision loss and make users feel more confident in their surroundings. Both OxSight Crystal and OxSight Prism have been approved as medical devices, and are available through eye health clinicians across the UK. The OxSight Crystal glasses were officially launched at an OxSight community event in London on 24th November.
Peripheral vision loss, commonly known as tunnel vision, can be caused by conditions such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Myopic Degeneration, Retinopathy of prematurity and other degenerative eye diseases. Peripheral vision loss can make simple activities such as talking to friends and family, reading text and street signs, and identifying obstacles very challenging.
Rakesh Roshan, CEO commented, “We are thrilled to be launching our second product less than three years after OxSight was founded. The new Crystal smart glasses provide our users with greater flexibility and comfort, whilst still providing the life-changing vision enhancements of our Prism device. We have had an overwhelming reaction from our community of users and look forward to making the Crystal glasses available more widely.”
The OxSight Crystal glasses were developed following extensive consultation with the visually impaired community and have been designed to support day-to-day use and long-term wear. The glasses are capable of increasing users’ horizontal field of vision to up to 68 degrees, and have a state-of-the-art micro-OLED video display to provide a rich colour experience. OxSight Crystal are the lightest low vision glasses on the market, and allow users with lower light sensitivity to add or remove the shade depending on the specific light conditions.
The OxSight Crystal glasses’ video mode has been developed to maximally expand users’ field of vision without causing motion sickness. A lack of peripheral awareness often causes visually impaired people to lose confidence about their ability to navigate outdoors, in the office, or even at home. OxSight Crystal is the only low vision device currently available which allows for unrestricted peripheral awareness.
Other key features of OxSight Crystal include increasing users’ awareness of their surroundings by providing a clearer view of obstacles, and improving mobility by enhancing the edges of objects and doorways. The glasses also allow for easier social interaction by facilitating eye contact and displaying high contrast images to allow users to identify their friends and family more easily. The dedicated text mode helps users to read printed text, handwriting, and street signs, and heightened colour display allows users to see signs, choose clothes, select food and identify money.
OxSight is a leader in image interpretation technology and has developed a range of low vision glasses for people with sight loss. The Company was founded in 2016 by a team whose research into how the brain manages visual information began at Oxford University. OxSight has since established partnerships with globally recognised partners from both the sight impaired and technology communities including, Google, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs Association, The University of Oxford, NIHR i4i and The Royal Academy of Engineering.
The first OxSight device, the OxSight Prism smart glasses, was launched in 2018, and OxSight is in the process of developing clinical partnerships with a number of Opticians across the UK and Europe. At present OxSight is already providing trials, fitting, and clinical support at their clinics in London, Oxford and Greater Manchester Area through several clinical partners.
Funding support for OxSight devices is available through the Government’s Access to Work scheme, as well as through a 0% finance plan. Contact OxSight for more information.
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