Vision Aids:  Explorer Discussions

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

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Explorers Learn to Read in the Dark with Smartphone Apps

Explorer Shelley wants to live an active life, but is embarrassed when in a dimly lit club or restaurant and can't read the menu.



Eye Reader @ SequoiasSF

The Longevity Explorers at the Sequoias San Francisco are introduced to the Eye Reader iPhone app for ease of reading small or dimly lit print.



Eye Reader App Discussed and Compared

Explorer Larry reports on his Eye Reader iPhone app, describing how it turns on the phone's LED light and magnifies print or other subject matter (such as finding a splinter in his finger) using the phone's camera.



After cataract surgery, want help reading

Following a recent cataract surgery, Explorer Chuck describes how his distance vision is clear enough that the DMV allows him to drive without glasses, but his near vision is now too blurry for reading. He wants a solution.



Explorer Harlean likes this Ruby HD magnifier

Explorer Harlean shows the group her Ruby HD handheld video magnifier, which she bought after finding that low power glass magnifiers were not sufficient to overcome her vision impairment, and which she likes.



Popular App: reading fine print or in dark places

Explorers at SF Village liked the look of this App to help read when it is dark or the front is small.



Hi-Tech Cane for the Visually Impaired

Do It Yourself technologists trying to invent a better white cane. It may not be ready for prime time, but it points the way of things to come.



Magnifiers - Then and Now

Explorer Steve demonstrates an 'oldie-but-goodie' for people who need help reading small print.



Demonstrating a Magnifier Reader App

Explorer Chuck demonstrates an app on his Android smartphone for magnifying small type, and it activates the 'flashlight' feature for easy reading under low light conditions.



Flexible Readers are Everyday Favorites

Explorer Louise shares one of her favorite everyday gadgets: Reading glasses with flexible frames. Because of their affordability, she has multiple pairs and can avoid having to clip a pair around her neck to keep track of them.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Vision Aids is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Vision Aids, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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