Cyclops camera helps the visually impaired

The wearable device is designed to correct poor eyesight for those suffering from glaucoma and other disabilities.

Eyetonomy

It may not qualify as fashion eyewear, unless you're Elton John, but that's hardly a high priority when something as serious as glaucoma is at issue. The "SightMate LV920" from a company called Eyetonomy is a wearable device that's designed to correct poor eyesight for those suffering from severe visual disabilities.

Eyetonomy

The key to the system is a 2-megapixel camera with a 3x zoom situated between the eyes, providing images on twin 640x480 displays that can be tilted as much as 15 degrees for comfort, according to DailyTech. The 8-ounce headgear comes with a remote that controls magnification and other features.

The SightMate, which can also help those who are colorblind, comes at the considerable expense of $3,499. But maybe it will save some money by obviating the need for a colorblind-correcting LCD monitor . And that could be especially good news, because the SightMate is recommended for use only while sitting.

(Thanks for the tip, Jessica)

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