It’s a fact of life that as you get older, your eyesight generally gets worse. For some it simply means they need glasses to read fine print, others have to wear bifocals all day. I’m fortunate enough to start out with 20/20 vision, so I’m hoping that I’ll luck out and not need glasses for a long time. The latest technological breakthrough in eye wear looks a bit strange for grandpa to be wearing.
You likely know Vuzix as a company that makes virtual reality 3D glasses. It’s quite apparent from the images of the SightMate, as it looks almost identical to one of their other products. The big difference is that it has a single “eye”. What this is supposed to do is improve the quality of your vision by magnifying whatever is directly in front of you. It also uses a combination of edge detection, contrast enhancement and optical zoom to help those with Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.
This is something that I don’t see a lot of people using. First, you can only use it while sitting down, they don’t recommend you even walk with it on, as it (obviously) impairs your peripheral vision. It has no long-term effects, so you’ll have to carry this thing around everywhere you go. Of course the $3,499 price tag won’t help sales much either.