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Consumer Electronics Show 2019: New Vision-Related Technology

Feb. 6, 2019

Innovations in electronics are increasingly dependent on visual guidance systems, reports Andrew Karp of VM and 20/20, who recently attended the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  For many years, CES has showcased futuristic technology with dazzling effects, but the trend now is toward practical applications that can ease and improve everyday tasks. See how the human visual system is being applied to robots, drones, autonomously driven vehicles, immersive video games–and how electronics are, in turn, expanding the limits of “human sight.”

Visual Guidance Systems Highlight CES
Optical Companies Have a Presence at CES

HEALTH & WELLNESS. Vision technology can  accelerate rehabilitation, “fill in” lost sight, interpret images and text for the blind or partially sighted, and increase engagement with hobbies and everyday tasks.

SPORTS PERFORMANCE. New technology enables amateur and professional athletes to track and improve their visual processing,  reaction times and choices while in competition.

REHABILITATION. Technology can be used to help those who have suffered a stroke, concussion, or other head trauma, to strengthen vision and reflexes and, in some cases, relearn how to see.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY. Devices can help blind and low-vision patients to function in daily tasks, such as spectacle clip-ons that talk to patients, helping them better navigate their environment independently.

AUGMENTED & VIRTUAL REALITY. Immersive experiences are provided through goggles and virtual reality technology. Augmented reality innovations can place an overlay of information on lenses or provide a 360-degree visual experience.

 

UV TRACKING. ZEISS is releasing an ultra-violet radiation-blocking lens that can show on a tablet how much UV light is touching eyes and skin at any moment.

GAMIFIED APPROACH. RightEye has technologies that provide a gamified approach to rehabilitative vision therapy and sports performance training.

LOW-VISION HELP & BEYOND. OrCam has a clip-on camera that provides data to help low-vision, blind, or even sighted, people navigate their environment.

OD PRESENCE. Optometrists had a distinct presence at CES,  both as shoppers exploring new technologies to aid patients and practice, and as consultants to electronics companies incorporating visual guidance systems in new and future products.

 

 

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