Multi-functional smart glasses are still very expensive and range from about £2,000 to £10,000. You might find a larger or less sophisticated devices for less. The technology is developing quickly and so we expect to see increasing sophistication (and hopefully reduced prices!) in the coming years. In this section we discuss some of the smart glasses currently available.
The Vuzix M300 smart glasses contain Android-based onboard computers. These smart glasses can wirelessly pair to any device via Bluetooth, including iPhones, or Android phones and cochlear implants. The smart glasses themselves feature a small built-in screen, fast processing system and multiple mounting options and frames, to provide custom focal lengths. These smart glasses are used in industries like retail and engineering, without any specialist software adaptation. Read on to find out how this set of smart glasses has been modified for blind and partially sighted people.
Cyber Eyez is an assistive tech smart glasses app for blind and partially sighted people, that works on devices like the Vuzix M300. There are features to suit various activities from reading and shopping to video calling and access to the Amazon Alexa assistant on the go. Cyber Eyez integrates with Android apps to identify objects, currency, scan product barcodes and also includes calendar functionality.
OrCam glasses combine printed text reading functions with object identification and facial recognition technology, so they can narrate the world to the user. Focusing on and gesturing towards passages of text will instruct OrCam to read out the words.
GiveVision offers an electronic headset that uses technology to enhance the user’s remaining sight.
Oxsight smart glasses also work by augmenting the visual image presented to the wearer.
The eSight glasses range aim to ‘replicate sight’ for people with low vision.