UK-based technology start-up Oxsight has been shortlisted for a Technology for Good accolade at the National Technology Awards.
Oxsight was founded by University of Oxford researcher, Dr Stephen Hicks, and launched its first two devices, Oxsight Prism and Oxsight Crystal, in the UK in 2018.
Through the use of augmented reality and image interpretation technology, the smart glasses are able to enhance the remaining vision of people with peripheral vision loss.
The device is fitted with a camera that streams a live feed into two high resolution video displays. The screens are displayed in front of the user’s eyes and are manipulated to fit the user’s area of useable vision.
Peripheral vision loss can be caused by a range of eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, myopic degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity. It can make daily activities like reading street signs and identifying obstacles difficult.
Speaking about his first experiences using the device, Oxsight user David Quigley, who has lived with reduced vision for over 20 years, said: “One of my best moments was sitting in the church and being able to see my niece’s face on her wedding day, which I never would have been able to do without my Oxsight glasses.”