The Chicago Lighthouse Demonstrates NuEyes Smart Glasses for Low Vision

The Chicago Lighthouse Demonstrates NuEyes Smart Glasses for Low Vision

Features of the NuEyes Smart Glasses

The Chicago Lighthouse Assistive Technology Center presents NuEyes low vision glasses that allow the visually impaired to have increased vision. A video demonstration shows NuEyes low vision glasses, a device that is worn like a pair of glasses that allows magnification, high contrast, speech recognition, and wireless use. With NuEyes low vision glasses having a computer built in, the possibilities for a wide range of features are extensive.


Luke Scriven, the assistive technology specialist at The Chicago Lighthouse, puts on the low vision glasses and looks to his left to a sign that says “Chicago Lighthouse products”. He uses a remote to magnify the words on the sign with the low vision glasses, he is then able to read the words clearly. Next he picks up a flyer, holding it in front of him, he uses the remote to make the glasses zoom in making the text increasingly larger and easier to read.

  • The magnification can be used up close or far away.
  • The camera on the ridge of the glasses can focus at all distances.
  • The main function of the low vision glasses is to magnify.
  • An optimal telescope can be connected to the front of the glasses providing extra magnification power, taking it from 10x to 12x.


While Luke is sitting and reading a flyer, he uses a handheld remote to change the contrast of the words. This changes the colors of the text for a better contrast. The first change is to a high contrast white text on a black background. Secondly, he changes the text to a high contrast black text over a white background. These variations in contrasts can make it easier to read based on various low vision conditions.

  • NuEyes low vision glasses can change the color of the text for better formatting.
  • The regular color can be used to look at things such as photographs.  
  • The color of the text can change to a high contrast white on black or a high contrast black on white.

Controlling the Glasses

Luke shows the small remote that is easy to hold in hand and control the low vision glasses with. Next the low vision glasses are flipped upside down and the controls on the underside are shown. Luke puts the glasses back on and holds a flyer telling the low vision glasses to “make bigger”, in which the text was made bigger with voice commands. Next he tells the low vision glasses to “change color”, in which it changes the color and contrast of the text. “Super cool way of controlling the glasses that leaves us completely hands free, which is really nice,” says Luke.

  • A remote control that slides easily over the finger, allowing the thumb easy access to all the main functions of the glasses.
  • Manual controls can be used on the underside of the low vision glasses.
  • Speech recognition can be used to voice commands to the low vision glasses, such as making the text bigger or changing the color of text with voice activation.

Cool Features

“Right now there is really neat stuff built into them but there is more coming down the pipeline,” says Luke Grivon. Those cool features he mentions, such as optical character recognition, emailing, and internet browsing are already available and integrated into the NuEyes low vision glasses.

  • The NuEyes low vision glasses are called “smartglasses”, meaning they have a computer built into the sides of the glasses.
  • The low vision glasses are wireless, no wires are needed for use up to 2 hours providing a lot of freedom of movement.
  • Optical character recognition allows the low vision glasses to read text out loud to the user.
  • The device has integrated emailing and internet browsing available for use as well.


Overall, the array of features within the NuEyes low vision glasses creates a world of possibilities for the low vision community. Text can now be read with ease with magnification and contrast options in the low vision glasses. Also, tasks can be carried out easily with the freedom of no wires and speech recognition makes the low vision glasses uncomplicated for everyone.