On Monday, Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. — a top provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for virtual reality and a host of cutting edge connectivity markets — announced its collaboration with eSight Corporation.
If you’re not familiar, eSight produces electronic glasses that help folks who are legally blind to actually see. Additionally, it also boasts the “largest, most knowledgeable and well-funded research and development lab in the world dedicated to wearable, sight-restoring technologies.”
According to a statement emailed to VRJournal today, Spectra7 has been working with the eyewear company for over a year to develop two different solutions using Spectra7’s patented active cable technology, which were officially launched by eSight earlier this month.
“As a company we are proud to support eSight and their mission that everyone deserves to see. The technology is life-changing and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Spectra7 CEO, Raouf Halim.
eSight’s breakthrough device combines the strengths of AR and VR technology to help individuals living with legal blindness and low-vision to see, and their patented Bioptic Tilt feature allows users to be completely mobile. eSight’s eyewear provides real-time, low-latency, high-definition video and image processing that goes beyond the video quality found in typical AR and VR devices. The viewer sees an amplified and focused view of the world around them, sometimes for the first time in years, or ever, allowing for an active, independent and productive lifestyle.
The timing for this latest effort couldn’t possibly be more opportune. According to the statement provided, the World Health Organization estimates that 285 million people are believed to be visually impaired worldwide.
“80% of all visual impairment can be improved, using devices like the eSight 3, in addition to traditional sight improvement methods,” the company tells us.
As for how the tech at hand works, Dr. Brian Mech, President & CEO of eSight says that Spectra7’s unique cable technology “allows an eSight user to view what is in front of them in high-definition, while providing a thin, flexible interconnect cable to the eSight controller.”
“More importantly,” he adds, “their advanced cable technology is a key part of eSight that allows us to achieve enhanced vision with virtually no latency in our displays, avoiding issues of imbalance or nausea common with other immersive options.”