People with impaired vision lose more than their visual acuity. The loss of independence can lead to changin their place of residence and requiring assistance with certain everyday tasks. We wrote about NuEyes in 2016, a lightweight wearable headset that projects images from a centrally-mounted HD camera magnified up to 14x onto an onboard display.

Zoomax‘s AceSight visual assistance wearable has a single, wide augmented reality (AR) display suspended from a visor-like headset. It is best suited for people with visual acuity between 20/100 and 20/800. Powered by a lithium-ion battery that can run for up to four hours per charge, AceSight has an 8MP camera with a 60 Hz refresh rate. The image projected on the wearable’s display appears like a 50-inch screen a few feet away. Each eye has a 45-degree field of view and the image can be magnified from 1.1x to 15x.

The user can configure the AceSight to use any of 10 contrast colors plus full color and three different outline modes. In floating reading mode, AceSight captures an image of text pages, screens, or signs and displays a magnified version of the image that appears to be much closer to the wearer.

Eyesight is an FDA Approved Class 1 Medical Device, according to Zoomax. Products such as NuEyes and AceSight don’t prevent, reverse, or cure visual impairments. While other groups around the world work on finding cures or corrective technologies, visual impairment aids like AceSight can restore not only functional visual abilities but all also allow people to maintain their personal independence.