MIT Develops Android Optometry App

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News Posted: Mon, Jul 5 2010 9:44 AM
For those of us with bad vision (really bad, in our case), the optometrist is an annual ritual. The researchers at the Camera Culture team at MIT's Media Lab have developed an Android application to make optometry nearly a self-diagnostic procedure.

What they have developed is an app that uses a set of lines and dots that a user manipulated while looking through a $2 “eye” which was created out of the technology of a holographic barcode scanning device previously developed by MIT. Before you ask, it's Android only.

What a patient does is to continue to adjust the image things comes into focus, and viola, you have a prescription. Unfortunately, the Nexus One shown doesn't also make the glasses or contacts, so you're stuck with that aspect.

Obviously, this is targeted for developing nations. Meanwhile, one has to ask why Apple never saw this coming. Ugh.

Watch a video, below:

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until240 replied on Mon, Jul 5 2010 12:44 PM

Awesome! Getting prescriptions are expensive, anyways.

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I like my ophthalmologist. I'd visit her anyway.

The skeptic in me wonders how soon advertising is going to support this effort:

"Please read the top four lines."

"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."

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Thats Funny!

Reminds me of that Futurama episode where they stick the new Iphone directly in your eye!

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acarzt replied on Fri, Jul 9 2010 1:39 AM

This would be useful for someone like me who never has time to go to the optometrist.

I wonder how accurate it is tho.

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