SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
HumanWare Debuts Prodigi, an Affordable, Intuitive Digital Personal Vision Assistant for Low Vision Patients
Top Line: HumanWare’s new Prodigi is an all-digital personal vision assistant for people with low vision conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other eye diseases. HumanWare has designed Prodigi to be a more affordable and intuitive visual aid than the traditional CCTV-based electronic magnifier.
Close Up: Prodigi allows low vision users to benefit from a big-screen desktop device and a go-anywhere tablet magnifier at a lower cost than any similar system available. The portable tablet fits into a patented docking station in the base and becomes both the camera and processor of the desktop system. Unlike other magnifiers, Prodigi captures the image of an entire letter- or A4-sized page and allows the user to magnify and read documents with a comfortable touchpad instead of moving an XY table. Pages are displayed in HumanWare's innovative Diamond Edge Text format, which can be magnified up to 80 times with perfect text quality. Text can be presented to the user in smooth-scrolling column or line modes, and can even read aloud, reducing fatigue caused by moving documents under a CCTV camera. Prodigi stores documents so the user can take them to read or reference later while away from his or her desk.
Training time is greatly reduced, because Prodigi has a built-in tutorial and setup wizard, developed in collaboration with Essilor. The wizard guides the user through the basic functions and sets up the contrast, color scheme, reading speed and magnification levels according to his or her specific vision needs.
Vital Stats: Prodigi is available in three models: the Duo, a desktop unit with the detachable tablet; the portable tablet magnifier by itself, and a desktop-only model.
www.humanware.com; (800) 722-3393
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Silhouette Debuts iMirror Try-on App
Product: Silhouette iMirror
Top Line: Silhouette Optical has simplified the process of eyewear styling with its new iMirror app. The Silhouette iMirror app lets eyeglass wearers use an iPhone or iPad to try on Silhouette’s rimless glasses and sunglasses in three dimensions. Wearers can download the iMirror app and point their device’s camera at themselves. The app makes it possible to show a live video image with correctly positioned 3-D data to virtually wear eyewear in real time.
“The Silhouette iMirror is primarily meant to be used for making a pre-selection before visiting an optician. And, of course, it’s meant to be fun as well,” said Silhouette’s Arnold Schmied, a member of Silhouette’s managing board.
Close Up: While trying on a pair of glasses, the wearer can move, turn and rotate to view themselves in the mirror and see how they’d look to an observer. The webcam acts as a mirror that follows the wearer’s movements.
The iMirror user can try on as many models as he or she likes from the large selection of rimless glasses and sunglasses by Silhouette. Simply clicking on a pair allows the user to see how well the selected model would fit his or her face in all of its expressions and angles. Once the user has found the model they like best, they can take a screenshot and send it to friends using an iPhone or iPad, who can then express their opinions about the eyewear.
Vital Stats: The Silhouette iMirror can be downloaded from the iTunes Store for free.
www.silhouette.com; (800) 223-0180
Coburn Technologies Intros Huvitz Digital Refractor
Product: Digital Refractor (Model HDR-7000)
Top Line: The HDR-7000 Digital Refractor is part of the new portfolio of over a dozen diagnostic systems and products that Coburn Technologies is introducing to the U.S. ophthalmic market. The new products, including auto ref-keratometers, digital refractions, auto lensmeters, slit lamps and digital charts are manufactured by Huvitz Co., Ltd., the largest manufacturer of digital refraction systems worldwide.
Close Up: Slim design with wide viewing angle makes possible to approach more precision. Features fast and silent lens loading with dual cross cylinder lens, automatic occlusion and automatic convergence. Fulfill more precise exam with various vision tests including 18 visual acuity test charts, 26 vision test charts, and up to 35 user defined unit test charts to support the most advanced eye test process.
Vital Stats: User-friendly touch screen interface, jog dial and tact switches provide perfect control on various operations and the detachable design of the frequently contaminated parts (Forehead Rests, Face Shields, and Lens Windows) helps easier and faster cleanup.
Augen Unveils New Website for Easyform Free Form Equipment
Top Line: Augen Optics has launched a new website design for its EasyForm Digital Free Form Processing System at
www.EasyFormEquipment.com. Incorporating significant improvements in visual presentation, navigation, and content delivery, the revamped site enables quicker, easier access to product information and provides a greater variety of images and a video to demonstrate product functionality and quality. According to Marco Machado-Torres, chief operating officer for Augen, “We designed the Augen EasyForm system to provide a total solution for laboratories seeking an entry to free form and a way to increase their independence. The EasyForm website is a tool to help us start the dialogue about how Augen can solve the free form production dilemma for small labs generating 150 to 250 lenses per day.”
Close Up: The website features one-click access from the home page to information about EasyForm equipment, lens design software, and Augen free form lenses. The site includes a detailed product features and specifications page for each component of the EasyForm free form production system—digital surfacing generator, blocker, polisher, laser engraver, and lens design software. The Software page defines the advanced NURBS mathematical model that Augen uses to generate the premium lens designs included with the EasyForm software package. In addition to published press releases and articles, and access to marketing materials, the site includes a video featuring an online tour of the EasyForm system in action.
Vital Stats: The patented EasyForm system includes the Augen EasyForm FF-V3 Digital Surfacing Generator, Augen FF-SB Speed Blocker, Augen FF-2LP Digital Free Form Polisher, and Augen LFL 2020 Laser Engraving System with adjustment mount and semi-visible imprint applicator, as well as Augen Lens Design Software, giving laboratories the ability to produce free form Augen HDRx Trinity progressives and HD single vision lenses onsite.
www.augenoptics.com; (866) 284-3611
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