Latest in Gear

Image credit: Samsung

Samsung Gear VR app provides help to the visually impaired

Relumino fills in the gaps when your eyes fall short.
522 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Samsung

Samsung isn't just using VR headsets as a means of boosting phone sales. The company's C-Lab has launched Relumino, a Gear VR app that uses augmented reality to compensate for vision problems. It can magnify the picture or adjust the contrast of what you're looking at if it's just a question of clarity, but it can also remap your field of view (to deal with blind spots or tunnel vision), outline objects and filter colors.

The app is free in the Oculus Store, and don't be dissuaded by the Korean-only product page -- it supports English.

Yes, it would be awkward and impractical to walk around wearing a VR headset (and your phone) at all times, so the current app is more for special situations. And Samsung knows it -- the Relumino team hopes to develop "glasses-like" hardware that achieves similar results without drawing attention to wearers or adding too much bulk. Even in its current state, though, this could be valuable for any visually impaired person who'd like to supplement their eyesight without springing for expensive specialized equipment.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
522 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The Morning After: Sony has three new smartphones

The Morning After: Sony has three new smartphones

View
TSA bans employees from making TikTok videos

TSA bans employees from making TikTok videos

View
Realme's X50 Pro is a cheaper 5G flagship with super-fast charging

Realme's X50 Pro is a cheaper 5G flagship with super-fast charging

View
Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

View
Sony's mid-range Xperia 10 II packs an OLED display and triple cameras

Sony's mid-range Xperia 10 II packs an OLED display and triple cameras

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr