British start-up GiveVision is a wearable technology development company designed to help visually impaired people regain their eyesight. The company is working with Sony (via Sony’s UK Technology Center) to develop and manufacture its next-generation equipment. GivingVision specifically states that it will work with Sony UK Tec to help bring a new lightweight version of the company’s “SightPlus” device to market. This will include condensing its existing “visual enhancement” technology into a pair of glasses. The goal is to make the device more practical and reduce social embarrassment.
As part of the partnership, GiveVision moved its design office to the Sony UK Tec plant in Wales, England. To date, GiveVision has received support from Telefonica, Pfizer and the NHS. By the age of 65, about a third of people will be blinded by age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, says Stan Karpenko, chief executive of GiveVision. For those affected, there is no cure and there is little choice to restore vision.
GiveVision has developed a pair of electronic glasses that can help them see the real world clearly again, even for the most serious incurable vision loss patients by projecting real-world video into the retina. A recent study by Moorfields Eye Hospital found that nearly 70 percent of SightPlus prototype device users reported that their vision was raised to 0.2 logMAR or higher, close to normal vision levels.
However, one of the biggest challenges to overcome is the streamlining of technology into practically available technologies, where current equipment is not only bulky, bulky, but also does not provide a wide enough field of view. That’s why GiveVision is working with Sony.