What are smart glasses and wearable technology?

Wearable technology, or smart glasses, come in different forms. Some wearable devices are built into a visor, some are built into electronic spectacles and some have a clip-on camera that attaches to spectacles or a head strap.

Some of the visor style systems offer a wider field of view to people who have peripheral vision loss but most are not intended to be used while moving around. They are supposed to be taken off when moving and only put on while you are stationery, or while being guided or driven around in a vehicle by someone else. However, they can be used to gain information about your surroundings when stationary which may help you to make choices about where to go in a room or outdoor location.

These devices are not intended for use as mobility aids. In the list below only Cyber Eyez offers access to both talking and visual GPS navigation apps through being a full Android device. Even then, GPS is safest when used only with other mobility aids such as canes and guide dogs.

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