NuEyes Launches Pilot Study in Collaboration with Mass. Commission for the Blind & MeHI
Newport Beach, CA – July 28th, 2020 –NuEyes, a leader in augmented reality (AR) smart glass solutions that empower those that suffer from severe vision loss, today announces a new pilot study in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI). The pilot is being conducted as part of the 2020 MassChallenge HealthTech program, an effort to boost startups at the intersection of healthcare and technology supported by the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative.
This comprehensive pilot study will last 16 weeks and encompass 30 participants from across Massachusetts. During the study, a multitude of visually impaired focus groups will test five NuEyes head-worn devices that are slated for various commercial releases later this year, and into the first part of 2021. The groups will be focused on daily tasks, mobility issues, connectivity issues, as well as how well the current and future products affect their visual acuity. Current form factors, resolution of cameras, and the displays of these low-vision, head-worn magnifiers will also be evaluated to ensure that all future products will meet the necessary requirements to enable the visually impaired in new ways.
“At NuEyes we are extremely passionate about empowering those with severe vison loss in new and exciting ways. Comprehensive pilot studies like this are embedded into our DNA. From the first pilot study launched in 2013 to now we strive to bring the best augmented reality smart glass technology to market. Collaborating with two esteemed organizations like the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and Massachusetts eHealth Institute is an absolute honor for us and we feel that the result of these studies will further advance smart glass technology for the visually impaired,” said Mark Greget Founder and CEO of NuEyes.
“Every day, we learn that Assistive Technology is a lifeline for some of the individuals we serve who are blind and visually impaired. We are committed to ensuring that this lifeline continues and improves by working with organizations and companies that are on the cutting edge of assistive technology in the Commonwealth. Our unique pilot program with NuEyes will allow a sample of our consumers to test new AT devices and provide direct feedback to the company as we work together to grow the best assistive technology for consumers to be successful at work and home," said MCB Commissioner David D’Arcangelo.
“Our parent agency, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, was founded upon a commitment to catalyze public, private, and academic collaboration to solve shared challenges,” said Laurance Stuntz, Director of MeHI. “This project is a prime example of how the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative is driving innovation, by bringing together the MCB, a Massachusetts state agency, and NuEyes, an innovative California company to advance their cutting-edge products, while at the same time getting these assistive devices into the hands of Massachusetts residents. By supporting programs like MassChallenge Health Tech, we’re also introducing innovative startups to the world-class healthcare and technology thought leaders that call Massachusetts home.”
About NuEyes Technologies
NuEyes is a veteran owned technology company based in Orange County, California that was launched in January 2016 to empower those with eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa. Over the past 4 years, the company has seen extensive sales growth and has won awards at CES and obtained Federal, State and Insurance reimbursement for its smart glass devices. NuEyes is excited to bring such advanced smart glass products to market that will leapfrog the technology currently available for someone dealing with legal blindness. With the leadership of NuEyes having over 16 years of combined experience in this space, we understand what it takes to successfully bring a new product to market.
About Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), founded in 1906, is one of the oldest state blindness agencies in the U.S. serving almost 26,000 individuals across the Commonwealth who are blind and visually impaired. One of 15 agencies in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), MCB specializes in Vocational and Social Rehabilitation services, with additional supporting programs that include Orientation & Mobility, Assistive Technology, Rehabilitation Teaching, Children’s Services, Employment Services, and our Older-Independent Blind Program. Our team at MCB is driven by a mission to provide the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to consumers, leading to independence, employment, and community engagement. MCB takes pride in relationships with employer and community stakeholders to provide consumers with the best possible network for success in MA. For more information about programs and services at MCB, please visit our website at www.mass.gov/mcb, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is the designated state agency for promoting Health IT innovation, technology and competitiveness to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of health care across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2016, MeHI was designated by Governor Charlie Baker as the lead agency for the supporting the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, a comprehensive public-private partnership. Through Mass Digital Health, entrepreneurs, healthcare organizations, government, and industry are working together to drive smart and secure healthcare data, a more connected statewide digital health ecosystem, and a more accessible and transparent digital health marketplace.
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