Friday in CE: eSight Gives Vision to Legally Blind
eSight has built a pair of smart glasses that are helping the legally blind see clearly, in some cases, for the first time ever.
Although it feels really niche, eSight is really a great example of how people can truly benefit from technology. Yes, VR and drones are remarkable milestones, but giving someone their vision is a totally different level of emerging tech. The chunky, otherwise unflattering glasses, is a small price to pay for the huge benefits eSights provide.
As a small caveat, the pivotal word in this solution is legally blind. Legally blind means a 20/200 vision or worse in your best eye after correction with glasses. Legally blind occurs after correction. It's an important distinction when looking at how the eSight works. In a nutshell, it projects the image to a pair of small OLED screen in front of the user. Their corrected vision is still in play as their prescription sits in front of the visor. Software pushes the image to happen in real time and is maybe the best definition of AR to date. Additionally, the linked headset has a handset for zooming and clarity functions. An HDMI port can turn the headset into the equivalent of a Playstation VR or Occulus.
The big problem is the $10,000 price tag. It's easy to expect that price tag to come way down, as does most tech, but that barrier certainly hurts the immediate benefits it can give to people.
There really isn't much more detail on this, but we at Dealerscope think it's important to know that this is happening. Happy Friday.
Surprise, Sonos One leaves speaker marks as well
A reporter from Tom's Guide noticed that after his Apple HomePod indeed was leaving marks, his Sonos One suffered the same flaw. We reported yesterday that the HomePod was leaving marks on tables thanks to an oil-free coating on the silicon and the downward firing tweeters.
When I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod's silicone base had messed up the finish. But, as I was inspecting the damage, I noticed a series of smaller white marks near where the HomePod was sitting.
A closer inspection revealed that the speaker, which also has small silicone feet, had made these marks on my cabinet. Looking around the top of the cabinet, I noticed a bunch of little white marks, all left from the Sonos Ones as I moved them around. So, they will damage your wood furniture, too.
“This is the first time we're hearing about this," said a Sonos representative. "We're investigating.”
It's a shame that most products Apple defenses are 'Well look at what this other company is doing as well!' but the bigger problem is a lack of proper testing by the entirety of the industry.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) February 15, 2018