Samsung’s new smart glasses may actually help those with vision loss

Enlarge / Relúmĭno smart glasses made by Samsung's C-Lab. (credit: Samsung)

Samsung's Creative Lab program lets employees explore new projects and spin off startup ideas, making devices that come out of the program intriguing. At CES next week, C-Lab will show off a few new projects, including Samsung's Relúmĭno smart glasses, which focus on helping those with vision impairments see more clearly.

The spectacles are the first device to build on Samsung's Relúmĭno mobile app that debuted during last year's Mobile World Congress. The smart glasses work in conjunction with the mobile app (so your smartphone does most of the work) to improve different visual situations that pose problems for those with eyesight issues.

The glasses' "regular mode" makes blurry images clearer by deciphering the outlines of objects in the person's view and making them more prominent. Another mode dubbed "color invert mode" makes it easier for users to read text on a page or on a screen from normal distances, so they don't have to bring the page or screen closer to their face. It also displays text with high contrast to further improve the reading experience.

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