People with vision loss often find it difficult to navigate once they leave their home and find themselves in an unfamiliar area. Getting around becomes a serious challenge even with excellent mobility skills.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) January 21, 2014
For the more than 25 million people in the United States who cope with significant vision loss each and every day, their condition doesn’t remit when they leave their home. Tasks such as catching a bus, shopping, dining out, and getting through an office building for a doctor's appointment can be a challenge for people with low vision.
“Most people think of vision as coming in two forms: good or bad,” states Lesa Kretschmer, President of Florida Reading and Vision Technology, Inc. “However, with Americans now living significantly longer lives, blindness, from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and diabetic retinopathy, has become a huge issue among people of all ages.”
For so many who suffer blindness, running errands or going to the grocery store becomes a real challenge. “People with vision loss often find it difficult to navigate once they leave their home and find themselves in an unfamiliar area. Getting around becomes difficult even with excellent mobility skills,” states Kretschmer.
Recognizing these challenges and needs, Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc. has announced the newest piece of technology CheckMates - Echo-Sense™ Network Glasses.
They've been described as a "life-changing" product for the blind. Echo-Sense™ has developed the critical IP that will revolutionize how connectivity and real time networking can be delivered over mobile cellular networks and WiFi access points to provide real time video and audio streaming between the product wearer and a remote computer.
From the monitoring computer or mobile device, a family member, friend, or caregiver can see from the wearer's perspective and provide guidance and response in real time streaming video of what the wearer is seeing. Persons monitoring the website can see events as they unfold, instructing the wearer to perform certain tasks, and giving navigation instruction by wearer's GPS location and orientation on a map. The wearer can be guided through tasks in greater safety, giving more assurance to the caregiver. He can use vocal prompts to gain access to mapping and location technology that will allow him to travel more safely to just about anywhere he wants to go, and back again.
CheckMates – EchoSense™ Network Glasses are now available through Florida Reading and Vision Technology located at 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 or by ordering online at http://www.floridareading.com/echosense-checkmates.html. For more information please call 800-981-5119.
About Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc.
According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. (FRAVTI) is committed to offering safe and dependable products to those seeking greater independence. Founded in 2000 by Lesa Kretschmer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida based FRAVTI offers more than 800 products and tools that help those who are blind or visually impaired meet the needs of the broader public.