LOW VISION TV
Visual Assistant is a unique solution for helping people experiencing sight loss, a problem that according to the World Health Organisation affects 17% of the world's population.
A recent survey conducted by the Global Strategy Group found that the majority of visually impaired people watch TV at least a couple of hours a day. TV represents a central information and entertainment hub for the vision impaired; still almost 75% of those surveyed reported problems with being able to follow what’s on TV.
Creating an inclusive digital TV experience for all has been at the heart of our work at Visual Assistant. Our new flagship product, Visual Assistant TV, enables people suffering from vision loss to modify every aspect of a TV image to alleviate their specific eye condition and enable them to see the images more clearly.
Our mission is to provide people suffering from vision loss with a prescription based corrective technology that will significantly improve the functioning of human vision. We have discovered that even a minimal enhancement of image visual cues has a profound impact on our ability to decipher the content. Our patent-pending technology is capable of changing video in real time making it perfect for integration into TVs, set-top-boxes, smartphones and computers.
Visual Assistant is the first personalised video correction technology allowing you to create a TV experience aligned with your vision needs. Our system helps almost all visually impaired people with severe impairments or mild refractive errors to see images in more detail and contrast while also sitting further away from the screen.
The ideal mobile companion for a visit to a museum or theatre - museum exhibits and actors are often too far away for the visually impaired arts enthusiast to gain full appreciation. Our mobile app works as pocket binoculars with its ability to increase contrast and sharpness to reveal previously unseen detail.
Checking time tables, menus and labels can be a struggle when you forget your prescription glasses. With the Visual Assistant Smart app your smartphone becomes a fully functional configurable visual tool that fits in your pocket.
Visual Assistant delivers media and entertainment using a revolutionary prescription based technology that can change what you see on TV in real time. Every imaginable aspect of the image, from colour vibrancy, contrast of visual cues, sharpness of detail, brilliance of light (to mention just a few!) can be enhanced to create the best possible viewing experience.
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE
Our Cloud solution will make it easier for streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube to create accessible video content automatically.
Broadcasters like Virgin Media or BT Broadband can embed our Jetson Nano based technology into their set-top-boxes to make video content on home entertainment systems more accessible.
Projection glasses from Intel or Vuzix will allow visually impaired people to feel more comfortable and stylish while using our assistive technology in a work environment.
MARKETS OF TOMORROW
With increasing life expectancy and ageing populations the World Health Organisation predicts that the number of visually impaired people will double in the next 25 years. According to WHO 1.3b people suffer from some form of sight loss, 441m with mild, moderate or severe vision impairment. The world’s seven largest economies are home to 24m visually impaired people while in India, China, Africa and the Far East, 240m. We offer a solution that can potentially help most of them. Our technology is a prescription based vision enhancement tool for people suffering from most types of sight loss. The Visual Assistant technology is completely adaptable, scalable, easily implemented and requires no change to the digital equipment it can work on.
Visual Assistant delivers media and entertainment using revolutionary technology that can change video content in real time. It requires no changes in existing infrastructure.
ADD NEW FUNCTIONALITY
Wins for industrial
Industrial partners can leverage existing technology by integrating our assistive technology into their products for delivering superior image quality to users today. The same technology that enhances images for the visually impaired can also enable a self-driving car to make better decisions based on more accurate camera images. Inclusive digital products and services of today will increase the quality of your service and your social impact in the future.
The ability to access information is essential for success in education, employment, and life. Visual Assistant technology enables the visually impaired to access all types of visual information allowing them to be better informed and lead more active and productive lives. In the long term Visual Assistant has the ability to reduce the need for formal support services and long-term care and its associated costs.
Build on our experience of delivering accessibility products. Let us work together and deliver more accessible products and services of the future providing a superior viewing experience to your customers.
Some modern TVs already feature integrated basic accessibility features like text-to-speech, zoom and high contrast user interfaces as standard operating functions inside electronic program guides. By adding our technology in the mix your TV or set-top-box can also offer sharper images with higher contrast for seniors and the visually impaired.
In the UK, OFCOM’s proposal to broadband providers that they integrate accessibility improvements for television viewing and in the US the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act are drivers of change in the media industry. Visual Assistant is the accessibility technology of tomorrow already available today.
Our solution works seamlessly with existing infrastructure. It is also simple to use, deploy and maintain. Offer your customers higher quality video over the same bandwidth.
Consumer optical devices
Add new features to your products to attract customers with less than perfect vision, or to increase the quality of images taken in low light conditions.
By embedding our virtual prescription glasses technology into smartphones will allow people with refractive errors to see letters on screen without their glasses.
Add our technology into your existing surveillance or targeting equipment to get an extra edge in poor visibility conditions.
Our patent pending diagnostics procedure allows eye specialists to quickly determine the severity and type of functional vision loss. Remaining sight potential is assessed by manipulating visual stimuli on screen and a prescriptive model of personalised sight adaptation strategy is created.
The prescription is a series of image modifications that restores the deteriorated areas of the retinal image by adding missing visual cues. The restored image is projected to the retina and perceived by the remaining vision with the best possible contrast, sharpness of details and vibrancy of colours.
Although Visual Assistant offers out of the box prescriptions for most common vision impairments we know that every eye is unique. Every prescription can be further tailored and perfected to fit your eye condition.
HELPING PEOPLE WITH:
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, producing blurred vision and sensitivity to light. In addition, colours often seem faded, with a yellow or brownish tint. Most cataracts are age-related and progressive, but they are often removed once they interfere with daily life.
Visual acuity loss
Visual acuity is the ability to see fine detail and low visual acuity results in objects looking blurry. Some visual acuity loss can be corrected through wearing spectacles. 2.5 million people in the UK are estimated to suffer acuity loss – even with corrective glasses.
Contrast senstivity loss
Contrast sensitivity is the ability to discriminate between different brightness levels, in particular between a foreground and a background colour. It varies between individuals and declines with age. It can also be affected by cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other conditions.
Central field loss
Macular degeneration affects the part of the eye responsible for sharp, detailed central vision. It can cause blurring or darkness in the centre of the visual field, and can also affect the ability to see fine detail. It is particularly common in older people. Effects are in many ways similar to Diabetic Retinopathy.
Peripheral vision loss
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions in which the nerve at the back of the eye is damaged. Glaucoma causes progressive deterioration of peripheral vision. The most common first symptom is difficulty seeing in poor light. Retinitis Pigmentosa has similar symptoms.
Diabetic Retinopathy is caused by complications of diabetes. Its effects vary and include blurred and patchy vision and floating spots in the visual field.
VISUAL ASSISTANT IN ACTION
School for visually impaired children
A pilot study where teachers and children studied how Visual Assistant helped with reading, writing, drawing and orientation, or simply heaving fun.
Home for seniors
A pilot study using a high contrast TV for seniors with vision loss. We studied the effect of the Visual Assistant on viewers with a wide range of visual impairments as well as refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism.
Gallery visitors, visually impaired or not, are able to use Visual Assistant technology to get a new perspective of this gallery’s exhibits. Sighted users can use the technology to gain a fresh perspective into existing art works and people with sight loss can simply enjoy the art collections in a new light.
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School for visually impaired