Samsung VR technology to help vision impaired

With new medical device.

Samsung Electronics Australia, IrisVision and Vision Australia have announced the local availability of a medical device that helps provide a solution for sufferers of vision impairment using virtual reality technology.

The IrisVision software platform runs on a Samsung S7 smartphone and Gear VR headset. IrisVision can assist users with tasks for near, intermediate or distance, from reading and writing to maintaining personal care.

Samsung Australia vice president of business and enterprise mobility, Steven Sherry said, “At Samsung, we believe in delivering meaningful innovation in everything we do, and this project is a great example of how technology can genuinely impact someone’s life. We are very excited to have worked with IrisVision and Vision Australia to bring this device to the Australian market.”

Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton commented, “Vision Australia supports people living with low vision to become fully independent. New technologies like IrisVision can make a substantial difference to the quality of life for some people with vision impairment. It helps enhance the remaining sight of people with a range of conditions, allowing them to carry out every day activities that others take for granted.”

IrisVision is one of the world’s first devices that offers the ability to view at different distances and provides a field of view of up to 70 degrees whilst being able to focus automatically.

Iris Vision CEO, Ammad Khan said, “IrisVision can provide people who have low vision with an accessible way back into the visual world. One of the most remarkable things about IrisVision is that at the heart of the system is a smartphone just like the ones people carry every day, making this an easy-to-use solution for the vision impaired.”

Developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins optical clinic, IrisVision utilises customised software on a Samsung smartphone and Samsung Gear VR. When using the device, the patient can control their magnification level, and use multiple viewing modes such as full screen with bubble, bioptic/split screen, line reading and many more depending on what task you want to do or what you want to view.

IrisVision can be suitable for Australians living with low vision due to a range of conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic-related implications and other stroke and neurological conditions. Anyone interested in using IrisVision must consult their qualified medical professional before proceeding.

IrisVision is available now through Vision Australia for $4,000, before purchasing Australians are recommended to have an assessment with Vision Australia’s clinical staff to assess if it is right for them.

Nothing in this document constitutes medical advice. Always seek advice from a qualified medical professional before using IrisVision.

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