VR can benefit many aspects in life. For the visually impaired, seeing and reading are the best improvements to reality, and Relúmĭno could well be the answer.
The Relúmĭno app works with the Samsung Gear VR as a smart aid, enabling the near-blind to truly interact with the world. By processing the outside world via a smartphone camera and altering the image, they can enjoy better reading and television viewing experiences. This app could change the lives of 240 million visually impaired people worldwide.
Remapping the unseen
Relúmĭno goes further than merely displaying the image from the smartphone camera. The user can also adjust the image, changing color contrast and brightness, the size of the image and screen brightness and color. These adjustments enable people with tunnel vision to see beyond their vision.
The app remaps unseen images and positions these in visible parts of the eye within the VR experience. Relúmĭno is however unable to help completely blind people. Android’s Near Sighted VR app works in a similar way, with Android’s camera creating a stereoscopic view, or one split between both eyes. Samsung users with recent Galaxy smartphones, such as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8 and S8+, can download Relúmĭno for free via the Oculus Store in both English and Korean.