Friday, February 27, 2015

The eSight Electronic Glasses Have Arrived!

The eSight electronic glasses have arrived and the Chicago Lighthouse is leading the way in offering evaluations with this fantastic new technology! 

For those who haven't heard, eSight are electronic glasses comprising of two video screens and a centrally mounted video camera. A person who is low vision can wear these glasses and be able to magnify at distance and near in order to see things that they haven't been able to see in a long time!

The glasses weigh just 6 ounces and have already helped a number of people with both central and peripheral vision loss see at a level that they thought was impossible. 

To see eSight in the media check out this bit on The Doctors see here and the news see here.

To arrange an evaluation to see if eSight might be right for you, call The Chicago Lighthouse at 1-312-666-1331 and ask to speak to Diane Perski.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Stay up to Date

This blog is a great place to come for the latest news involving assistive technology. However, if you simply can’t get enough and would like a weekly show that highlights everything that is going on in not only regards to the latest technology news, but also across the blindness and low vision communities, you need to listen to the Blind Bargains Audio podcast. Although this show is still unnamed, it is a wonderful way to stay up to date with all sorts of interesting product reviews, helpful tips, and stories of interest to the blind and low vision community around the globe from an extremely informed and entertaining staff.

The link to the Blind Bargains audio page is:

Here you can subscribe to the podcast and also listen to all of the audio content that is offered!



Top Five

Well... the holidays have, sadly, come and gone but something not-so sad, is the success our web store had this holiday season. We saw the highest amount of traffic to date and we wish to thank all of you out there that made the Lighthouse part of your holiday.

With that in mind, I'd like to share with you the top five, independent living products we sold this holiday season. Please check out these products by following the links below. Once again, we would like to thank all our customers out there!

Okay, here they are in no particular order:

1. Pocket Money Brailler: This simple yet incredibly useful tool allows you to emboss your bills to make it easier for you to identify a one from a five. Simply place your bill between the appropriate number and press. Your bills will then be embossed onto the money for easy identification.

2. EZ See & Hold Measuring Cup: It's all in the name- the easy to see and hold measuring cup will make cooking a heck of a lot easier!

3. Music Liquid Level Alert: When placed on the rim of a cup, this device will alert you when your chosen liquid is 3/4" from the top. Music will sound to let you know to stop your pour in order to prevent a spill.

4. 20/20 Pens: This pen will produce a thick, bold line to make reading and writing easier without bleeding through your paper.

5. Finger Guard: When cutting your favorite ingredients, use this tool to protect your fingers from the knife.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Chicago Maker Challenge!

The Chicago Maker Challenge is back for another year! This year's challenge will take part at the Merchandise Mart and The Chicago Lighthouse has again been asked to attend and showcase the latest assistive technologies to aspiring young designers. From one of the organizers:

"...the Chicago Maker Challenge is an opportunity for students in the Chicagoland area to use technology to solve community and disability access issues.  We would reserve a table for you to showcase the latest in assistive technologies and inspire students again to innovate in accessibility.  Please let us know if you'd be interested in participating this year."  

We're looking forward to seeing the students and opening their eyes to what kinds of technology are out there to serve those with disabilities. Who knows, in the future one of them could be designing the next great piece of assistive technology!

The Chicago Maker Challenge is Thursday, February 26th at 4:00-7:30pm in the Merchandise Mart

Monday, February 2, 2015

Be My Eyes, Please!

A couple of weeks back we reported on Be My Eyes, a fantastic app for iOS that allows sighted volunteers to help people who are blind or visually impaired by using the camera of their iDevice. This can be helpful, for example, if a person who is blind needs help identifying a product, or needs help reading a street sign, and so on. 

To highlight this fantastic app we have made a video showing how it works explaining how to sign up as a helper if you're sighted, or a user if you are blind or low vision. Check it out now!