Technology company Gentex announces acquisition of ocular device developer eSight

News
Article

eSight, a wearable assistive technology company, produces comprehensive equipment for patients with over 20 ocular disorders

An ophthalmologist helps a patient complete a vision test. Image credit: ©zinkevych – stock.adobe.com

Gentex will showcase eSight's ocular solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image credit: ©zinkevych – stock.adobe.com

Gentex Corp. announced this week it has acquired the assets of eSight, a Toronto, Canada-based provider of vision enhancement technologies, to develop and manufacture the next generation of mobile electronic eyewear designed to help people living with visual impairments.

According to a news release, US-based Gentex will feature eSight’s next-gen technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024.1

Gentex is a technology company and a long-time supplier of electro-optical products for the global automotive, aerospace, and fire protection industries. It is best known for supplying nearly every major automaker with connected-car technologies and advanced electronic features that optimize driver vision and enhance driving safety.1

According to the company, eSight is a wearable assistive technology that allows people living with visual impairments to stay on the go while performing the tasks of daily living.

The medical equipment enhances vision for individuals with over 20 distinct ocular disorders, frequently enabling users to attain 20/20 vision. eSight eyewear combines a high-definition camera, proprietary algorithms, and a powerful processing platform to relay and magnify real-time imagery onto two high-resolution screens positioned before each eye, resulting in enhanced binocular vision.1

“For many years, our expertise in vision technology has been key in developing automotive solutions that improve driver safety,” said Neil Boehm, chief technology officer at Gentex. “Our acquisition of eSight is a strategic move to leverage this expertise in the healthcare industry to address the challenges of vision impairment, furthering our commitment to enhancing visual safety and quality of life.”

Gentex has applied its innovative capabilities in digital vision, software development, and industrial design to advance the development of eSight eyewear in a partnership that was originally announced in January 2022. The collaboration has focused on reducing device size, improving design, enhancing overall system performance, and applying Gentex’s advanced manufacturing skill sets to help improve cost.

Aaron Tutwiler, eSight’s former chief executive officer, pointed out that Gentex’s purchase of eSight is an exciting development for everyone involved.

“Millions of people experience the challenges of living with low vision,” Tutwiler said in a news release. “Gentex’s specialized knowledge and advanced capabilities in engineering, combined with its highly advanced manufacturing capabilities will improve eSight functionality and affordability to further expand the reach of those we can impact with our life-changing technology.”

According to the news release, the Consumer Electronics Show runs January 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Reference

1. Gentex Announces eSight Acquisition Set to Showcase Advanced Vision Tech at CES 2024. newsroom.gentex.com. Accessed January 8, 2024. https://newsroom.gentex.com/posts/pressreleases/gentex-announces-esight-acquisition-set-to-sh
Related Videos
ARVO 2024: Andrew D. Pucker, OD, PhD on measuring meibomian gland morphology with increased accuracy
 Allen Ho, MD, presented a paper on the 12 month results of a mutation agnostic optogenetic programme for patients with severe vision loss from retinitis pigmentosa
Noel Brennan, MScOptom, PhD, a clinical research fellow at Johnson and Johnson
ARVO 2024: President-elect SriniVas Sadda, MD, speaks with David Hutton of Ophthalmology Times
Elias Kahan, MD, a clinical research fellow and incoming PGY1 resident at NYU
Neda Gioia, OD, sat down to discuss a poster from this year's ARVO meeting held in Seattle, Washington
Eric Donnenfeld, MD, a corneal, cataract and refractive surgeon at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut, discusses his ARVO presentation with Ophthalmology Times
John D Sheppard, MD, MSc, FACs, speaks with David Hutton of Ophthalmology Times
Paul Kayne, PhD, on assessing melanocortin receptors in the ocular space
Osamah Saeedi, MD, MS, at ARVO 2024
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.