NuEyes, a pioneer in low-vision technology, and Pico Interactive, developer of innovative Virtual Reality (VR) solutions, have joined hands to launch an all-in-one virtual reality device that can re-open the wearer’s eyes to a world they believed forever lost due to failing sight. The pairing of NuEyes’ proprietary software with Pico Interactive’s all-in-one VR headset will enable millions of people with macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and other vision conditions to read, watch movies, and see the faces of their loved ones again.
“I am always pleased to see new innovation for the visually impaired,” said Wayne Heidle, director of community relations and assistant professor – technologist for Marshall B. Ketchum University. “Having a wearable device that offers a wide field of view, is extremely easy to use, and comfortable to wear is a big step forward. The latest wearable device from NuEyes will not disappoint.”
An estimated 285 million people around the world suffer from some sort of vision impairment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Early age-related macular degeneration affects an estimated eight million Americans, of which more than one million will develop advanced age-related macular degeneration within the next five years. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined, said a press release.
While devices exist that can show written materials’ type on a larger screen for easier readability, they lack portability and are useless for recognizing faces at a party or watching a sporting event.
“At NuEyes, we are extremely passionate about bringing the right innovation to market to help the visually impaired. Partnering with Pico Interactive was the clear choice for the next generation of ‘Easy’ products,” said Mark Greget, founder/CEO NuEyes.
The new device called NuEyes e2 delivers unparalleled clarity with a 3K display (1440 x 1600 screen resolution at 90hz refresh rate), 101-degree field of view, HD camera and QUALCOMM 835 snapdragon processor.
“We are thrilled to work with NuEyes’ innovative technology and serve the low-vision market. We’re inspired by NuEyes’ work and excited to help make a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Will Winston, partnerships manager at Pico Interactive.
The NuEyes e2 will be available for pre-sale beginning on Dec. 17 at an unprecedented 50% discount for 30 days only. During the holiday pre-sale, it will be available for only $1,499. Shipping in Q1 of 2019, the NuEyes e2 will retail for around $2,995.