Samsung, IrisVision and Vision Australia Deliver a Powerful New Tool for Vision Impaired Australians

Samsung Electronics Australia, IrisVision and Vision Australia have announced the local availability of an innovative medical device that helps provide a solution for sufferers of vision impairment using virtual reality technology.

“At Samsung, we believe in delivering meaningful innovation in everything we do, and this project is a great example of how technology can genuinely impact someone’s life,” said Steven Sherry, Vice President, Business and Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Australia.

 “We are very excited to have worked with IrisVision and Vision Australia to bring this device to the Australian market.”

The IrisVision software platform runs on a Samsung S7 smartphone and Gear VR headset. Using powerful magnification, IrisVision can help restore independence by assisting clients with tasks near, intermediate or far; whether it’s reading, writing, maintaining personal care or observing family photographs.

“Vision Australia supports people living with low vision to become fully independent. New technologies like IrisVision can make a substantial difference to the quality of life for some people with vision impairment,” said Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton. “It helps enhance the remaining sight of people with range conditions, allowing them to carry out every day activities that others take for granted.”

IrisVision is one of the world’s first devices that offers the ability to view at different distances and provides a field of view of up to 70 degrees whilst being able to focus automatically.

“IrisVision can provide people who have low vision with an accessible way back to the visual world,” said Ammad Khan, CEO IrisVision. “One of the most remarkable things about IrisVision is that at the heart of the system is a smartphone just like the ones people carry every day, making this an easy-to-use solution for the vision impaired.”

Developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins optical clinic, IrisVision utilises customised software on a Samsung smartphone and Samsung Gear VR. When using the device, the patient can control their magnification level, and use multiple viewing modes such as full screen with bubble, split screen, line reading and many more depending on the task at hand.

“Thanks to Samsung’s virtual reality and smartphone technology, we have been able to bring this product to Australia,” added Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton. “The partnership between Samsung, IrisVision and Vision Australia has delivered a breakthrough by combining everyday technology with a device that supports people who have low vision.”

IrisVision can be suitable for Australians living with low vision due to a range of conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic-related implications and other stroke and neurological conditions.

IrisVision is now available through Vision Australia for $4,000. Before purchasing, Australians are recommended to have an assessment with Vision Australia’s clinical staff to assess if it is right for them.

More information on IrisVision can be found: https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/irisvision

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