September 17, 2015

The following is from Thibault Peant:

Dear Mr. Logan,

I’m contacting you regarding the launch of Claria Zoom, our all-in-one Android application that makes life easier for elderly and people suffering from eye diseases (AMD, glaucoma…) and helps them stay active and independent.

As you may know, 580 million people are aged 65 and above. Many of these suffer from sight loss, and most of them have trouble using new technologies, and particularly smartphones. Using a smartphone can even turn out to be a real challenge for partially-sighted people. Nevertheless, very few Android apps are available to help these people connect to the smartphone world as easily as sighted people.

Why could this be of interest for your readers on LVATUG Blog?

Claria Zoom is the best app for low vision and offers a wide range of features to improve our users’ daily life:

  • An unrivaled reading and writing comfort: texts displayed in big characters, contrasted color themes, big keyboard and speech activation available on any screen
  • A new easy-to-read home screen for a stress-free navigation
  • A rich and complete navigation thanks to a set of 20+ redesigned and easy-to-use functionalities: phone, text messages, emails, pedestrian GPS, electronic magnifier, OCR… 

Moreover, Claria Zoom can replace dedicated devices for low vision enabling users to save hundreds of dollars.

Please find more information on our website: www.claria-zoom.com (video)

How much does it cost?

The demo version of Claria Zoom is available for free on the Google Play Store (download here), and for only $3,99/month (rolling contract), users can enjoy all the functionalities of Claria Zoom (30 days of free trial).

Please find enclosed the press release for the launch of Claria Zoom along with screenshots of the app.

It would be a great help for us if you could spread the word about Claria Zoom on your blog. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question or need further information.

Thibault Péant
Co-founder

250 Rue Saint-Denis
75002 Paris
P: + 33 9 72 39 27 30
www.claria-vision.com

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About Claria

Founded in 2011, Claria is a French provider of digital solutions for visually impaired people. Claria solutions allow both blind and partially sighted people to increase their independence and improve their everyday life, regardless of their fondness for or knowledge of new technologies.

In partnership with Doro, leader on the market of mobile phones for elderly people, Claria has been developing the Doro 820 mini Claria, the ideal smartphone for blind users. This phone has also been chosen as a referent solution for blind users by Orange, phone operator.

Claria Zoom (solution for partially sighted users) won the Golden Silmo award in the “low vision” section at the 2014 World Optical Fair in Paris. 

www.claria-vision.com


Enhanced Vision’s Digital Magnifier Comparison

January 20, 2015

Enhanced Vision’s Portable Magnifiers

Model        Screen      Magnification         Price

Amigo           6.5           3.5 to 14 X            $695

Pebble HD    4.3           1.5 to 13.5 X         $595

Pebble Mini   3 ”            2 to 10 X              $495

For more info:

(888) 811-3161

https://www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-product-line.html


Smartphone Screens Correct for Your Vision Flaws

November 19, 2014
Scientific American article
Self-correcting screens on smartphones and iPads tailor themselves to a viewer’s vision—no glasses necessary.

But glasses and contact lenses are not always ideal. If you are farsighted, for example, you do not need glasses to see traffic while driving, but you do need them to read your speedometer or GPS. The best solution in such cases, Wetzstein says, would be vision-correcting displays—screens that wear the glasses for you.Wetzstein and his colleagues at M.I.T. (where he was formerly based) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed just such a screen. The vision-correcting display makes two modifications to a standard high-resolution smartphone or tablet screen. The first is a low-cost, pinhole-covered printed transparency that covers the screen. The second: algorithms coded into the smartphone or tablet that determine the viewer’s position relative to the screen and distort the image that is projected, according to his or her prescription. As the distorted image passes through the matrix of pinholes in the transparent screen cover, the hardware-software combination creates errors on the screen that cancel errors in the eye, thus delivering what appears to be a crisp image. The screen can correct for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and more complicated vision problems. The team presented the work at the SIGGRAPH conference in August in Vancouver.

Informal tests on a handful of users have shown that the technology works, Wetzstein says, but large-scale studies are needed to further refine it. In the process, the researchers also plan on developing a slider that can be used to manually adjust the focus of the screen. Wetzstein says that the technology could be a boon for people in developing countries who have easier access to mobile devices than prescription eyewear.

For more info:  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smartphone-screens-correct-for-your-vision-flaws/


Trick for Reading with Macular Degeneration

September 27, 2014

People who have difficulty reading because of macular degeneration and other eye diseases may benefit from a simple trick of turning a page sideways, says a study in the September issue of Optometry and Vision Science. Macular degeneration results in loss of vision in the center of the eye’s viewing field, which can interfere with reading. Turning the page 90 degrees clockwise significantly improved people’s ability to read words using the peripheral vision surrounding the central field of vision, the study found.

For more info:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-simple-reading-trick-for-people-with-vision-problems-1411410171

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25062130

http://journals.lww.com/optvissci/Abstract/2014/09000/Learning_to_Read_Vertical_Text_in_Peripheral.11.aspx


Pilot Study on ChromaGen Lenses helping with reading problems

August 26, 2014

We have a Life Changing Optical Lens Solution that Treats Reading Disorders that Changes Lives!

Pilot Study on ChromaGen Lenses 



ChromaGen Lenses help those struggling with reading problems such as dyslexia by using selective wavelengths of light to dynamically balance the speed of information as it travels from the eye, through the optic nerve to the patient’s brain. They look like regular eyeglasses with tinted lenses.

Once the appropriate ChromaGen Lenses are prescribed for each eye, unruly words and sentences are brought into focus. Our patients describe that the words “are standing still for the first time”.  In addition to seeing improvements in reading and handwriting, our patients also report a significant reduction in headaches, nausea and fatigue while reading or working on the computer.

Recently Clear Solutions for Reading LLC completed a Pilot Study of 51 subjects in order to prepare for our FDA clinical Trial planned for later this fall.  See details below. 
If you would like to see the results of the Pilot Study, please email me and I will forward them to you. 
Clear Solutions for Reading LLC (“CSR”), working in conjunction with ChromaGen Vision LLC, carried out a Pilot Study in Tampa, Florida in May and June of 2014. The principals of CSR are Jeanne Howes PhD, an educational psychologist, who has been practicing for twenty-five years with an emphasis on children and families, and Edward Huggett Jr, OD, who is a licensed optometrist with a twenty-five year practice with an emphasis on binocular vision.
Goals of the Pilot Study.  ChromaGen Vision was seeking to determine if a student with a reading problem who uses ChromaGen Lenses would receive benefits in the following four areas:

Increase in Reading Speed
Increase in Reading Comprehension
Decrease in Word Movement Symptoms that cause problems with reading
Decrease in the Vision Related Issues that cause the “nagging symptoms” of headaches, nausea, fatigue, eyestrain, and loss of place when reading.