ThirdEye and NuEyes partner on MR glasses designed to ease visual impairment

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X2 MR Glasses from ThirdEye have been combined with NuEyes’s software to provide a simple user experience

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➨ The new Pro 2 from NuEyes, using ThirdEye’s lightweight X2 MR Glasses, is designed to assist people with visual impairments
➨ Wearers can use voice commands to magnify objects near and far, change contrast, and have optical character recognition
➨ Pro 2 will ship later this year, for a suggested retail price of $4,295 to $4,495

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A new partnership between headset maker ThirdEye and low-vision technology company NuEyes will combine the capabilities of X2 MR Glasses with voice-controlled software designed for people with visual impairments.

The new Pro 2 from NuEyes, using ThirdEye’s lightweight X2 MR Glasses, is designed to assist people with visual impairments that cannot be cured by surgery or use conventional glasses, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.

In an interview with VRWorldTech, Nick Cherukuri, chief executive officer and founder of New Jersey state-based ThirdEye, which recently began a X2 MR Glasses trial for Covid-19 first responders, said AR can maximise visuals, provide optical character recognition, colour changes and other fixes that “help improve the daily lives of people suffering from vision loss”.

“In a study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, researchers found that adapted augmented reality glasses can improve patients’ mobility by 50% and grasp performance by 70%.”

Nick Cherukuri, ThirdEye

He continued: “Unlike VR, which replaces the natural senses and can introduce vertigo and other nauseous symptoms, AR helps enhance the real world, which is the optimal solution for vision loss. In a study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that results in poor vision, Keck School of Medicine of USC (University of Southern California) researchers found that adapted augmented reality glasses can improve patients’ mobility by 50% and grasp performance by 70%.”

ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses have been combined with NuEyes’s software to provide a simple user experience. Through built-in voice controls, wearers can use voice commands to magnify objects near and far, change contrast, and have optical character recognition.

X2 MR Glasses are the lightest MR glasses on the market, according to ThirdEye
X2 MR Glasses are the lightest MR glasses on the market, according to ThirdEye

X2 MR Glasses are the lightest MR glasses on the market, according to ThirdEye, ensuring the wearer’s comfort. Thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon xR1 chip, they pack a significant amount of computing power into such a small frame, running on Android 9. They also boast a 42-degree field of view and the equivalent to a 90” high-definition screen at just 10 feet away. 

NuEyes’s software, meanwhile, offers variable magnification, contrast overlays, optical character recognition/text-to-speech and brightness settings, which can be accessed via buttons or voice command for flexibility and convenience.

“We have already partnered with most major carriers for a low- to no-cost solution, as well as a zero down low-cost financing programme.”

Mark Greget, NuEyes

NuEyes opted for a hardware upgrade for the second generation Pro “because of the big technology leap from the previous version”, Mark Greget, chief executive officer and founder of California state-based NuEyes, told VRWorldTech. He said: “Pro 2 will be upgrading from the Snapdragon 805 to the xR1 and 4 megapixel camera to the 13. It’ll also be upgrading to the high resolution displays.”

Pro 2 will ship later this year, for a suggested retail price of $4,295 to $4,495. Greget said: “We have already partnered with most major carriers for a low- to no-cost solution, as well as a zero down low-cost financing programme. We have also partnered with most state reimbursements as well as the Veteran’s Administration to offer the product at no cost to the consumer.”

Device owners will benefit from periodical software updates, as NuEyes develops new features and functionality, Greget said. A reduction in camera latency and 4G LTE and 5G cellular connectivity integration are among the improvements planned for ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses, according to Cherukuri.

Main image: X2 MR Glasses
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