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Indian American scientist designs eye testing tool on mobile

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 25 June 2010, 06:18 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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Indian American scientist designs eye testing tool on mobile
London: Ramesh Raskar, an Indian-origin American scientist has come up with a novel concept of testing your eyes by using a smartphone and a specially designed eyepiece in the confines of one's home. The method uses the application called Near-to-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment (Netra). It includes a viewer fitted over a cellphone's screen combined with software running on the phone.

Raskar, working with the Camera Culture group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says of his unique innovation, "It can be thought of as a thermometer for visual performance." It will be showcased at the Siggraph conference in Los Angeles in July.

The test follows a simple method. The phone will show an image that appears as a pair of parallel lines, which is converted into a virtual 3D by the eyepiece. The subject needs to focus on the image and use the phone's keyboard to adjust the line so that they merge. The correction needed to the eye is gauged by the amount of adjustment done, which is then translated in dioptres-a number which opticians can use to provide corrective lenses.

A customary 3D display presents little different view to left and right eyes. However, the Netra creates the 3D illusion in another fashion- by presenting different views to different parts of the same eye simultaneously. Ankit Mohan, a Postdoctoral Researcher, who also worked on the design, explains that if the person has perfect eyesight, these separate images will overlap and appear as a single image.

The innovation of Netra surely promises to be very helpful in detecting any eye correction at your home, rather than going all the way to an eye clinic. It also will be helpful to scores of people who cannot easily access regular optometry services.

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2: awesome...i wana ask when it is launched in market...nice india....
!....GREAT TECHNOLOGY....!
Posted by:Ahsan Mustafa - 07 Jul, 2010
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deputy weekly news about jobs Replied to: Ahsan - 25 Oct, 2010
4: good one
Posted by:prabeen - 25 Jun, 2010
5: Pretty soon there will be a ultra smart phone which will be capable of full body scan.I wonder what will happen to those "regular optometry services". But sure this is a novel idea and helpful for people.
Posted by:Karthick - 25 Jun, 2010