It’s about seeing. It’s about connecting. It’s about independence.
Until IrisVision, the world of a person with low-vision was constrained to the narrow field of view and distance of a handheld magnifying glass or an indoor, desktop magnifier. The tools available to the low-vision community were isolating and imposed formidable social and occupational barriers that impeded one's ability to work, engage in non-verbal interactions with loved ones, and in some cases to care for themselves in many basic ways. IrisVision’s award-winning technology opens up the world for low vision people to move about freely and enjoy all the activities they love, whether that be cooking, crocheting, watching a football game or movie, reading a book or prescription bottle -- or simply seeing the faces of those they love again. In addition to delivering digital vision correction, IrisVision includes remote connectivity to support streaming videos, a photo gallery, voice command and an advanced OCR system. The software platform continues to open a world of possibilities for the future including movies and media content, rehabilitation training software, and even medical monitoring of vision for patients to connect to their doctor via telemedicine. More than 4M people in the US suffer from low vision (defined as “a chronic visual impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or medical treatments.”). Studies predict low vision and blindness will more than double in the next 30 years, with 2.3M people expected to be blind and more than 9.5M living with low vision.
-Unlike any other bulky, expensive low vision solutions with minimal features, IrisVision is a growing platform that comes with two years of unlimited data and additional features to help people achieve the things that matter the most to them, e.g., media, communications and education. -IrisVision is a “smart device” (i.e., connected to the internet via cellular data network or WiFi), which opens up accessibility and remote support to people anywhere in the world, in addition to the ability to personalize its functionality to each user’s specific vision conditions. IrisVision is the only wearable low vision solution that is clinically validated and developed in collaboration with world-renowned vision scientists at Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and UPMC Pittsburg. It is also the only device of its kind and backed by a research grant from the National Eye Institute. -Unlike some other devices such as eSight that cost nearly twice the price, IrisVision is the only one offering features and services that ensure long term success for our users such as natural language voice control, Alexa integration remote connectivity support and 1-1 coaching sessions with a low vision trainer. With these features and support, IrisVision customers -- regardless of their experience with, and/or access to, technology -- can achieve a new level of independence. -IrisVision is not just a product, but an entire platform/ecosystem that connects researchers, eye care professionals, patients and rehabilitation experts.
Academic Partners: -National Eye Institute (The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s leading sponsor of medical research. Its subdivision, the National Eye Institute (NEI), has awarded the Small Business Innovation Research grant for IrisVision to continue developing the technology and concurrently evaluate the effectiveness of the technology with a large patient base.) -Samsung (IrisVision continues combining its innovative low vision research in partnership with Samsung and their cutting-edge hardware and virtual reality technology.) -UPMC (UPMC is leading an effort to develop effective vision rehabilitation. It is also conducting an evaluation study on the effectiveness of IrisVision in improving patient visual function.) -Stanford (Stanford University, in partnership with IrisVision is researching treatment for eye conditions such as glaucoma, strabismus, and convergence insufficiency. Stanford is developing algorithms and implementing training programs to attempt to restore their native vision.) -John Hopkins (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is leading an effort to measure how effective IrisVision can assist low-vision patients to improve visual function.) Business Partners: - IrisVision works with Samsung Electronics' R&D and alliance partnership teams to further expand the use of Samsung technologies, including 5G mobile phones, Bixby AI platform and XR headsets. Also, Samsung will help IrisVision scale connected healthcare for the visually impaired community. -IrisVision partnered with the Seva Foundation, a global non-profit organization that provides eye care services to underserved communities, to create new technologies to treat vision impairment, and prevent blindness, in less privileged parts of our world.