News Blinks — November 4, 2016

 News Blinks — November 4, 2016

Here’s a quick look at some industry news you may have missed this week. 

  • Researchers at the University of Oregon are studying the way mice use their vision in an effort to learn more about how human brains make decisions based on visual cues.
  • A new study from the University of Copenhagen says recordings of gaze data — within a few seconds — can reveal whether a word causes a reader problems. This could be used to alleviate reading problems with software that offers translations of difficult words or suggest easier texts as soon as readers experience problems.
  • Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have found revamping front-line multi-drug chemotherapy for retinoblastoma to include topotecan helped to maintain high cure rates for the eye cancer, while preserving patients' vision and reducing their risk of treatment-related leukemia.
  • Another reason to put away smartphones for a little while — children who use smartphones, tablets and other such devices at bedtime have over double the risk of poor sleep compared to kids without access to such devices, according to a new study from King's College London.
  • The University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry recently celebrated the opening of its Patient Care Center, which will reportedly offer clinical education and research for students and eye care for the surrounding community.
  • New York City start-up Hubble Contacts is reportedly launching a business model offering customers high quality, yet affordable daily disposable lenses. According to an article on TechCrunch, Hubble will be offering memberships for monthly lens supplies and customers will need to use a valid prescription to register.
  • Optometry Giving Sight announced CooperVision, Inc. has renewed its commitment as a Global Gold Sponsor for another three years, effective from 1 January 2017.
  • Salutaris Medical Devices, Inc. received ISO 13485:2003 certification, completing a critical step towards commercialization of the SalutarisMD technology for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).
  • Emily Ashworth, chief technology officer of ABB Optical Group, received the South Florida Business Journal 2016 Technology Award in the private companies over $150 million category. The awards program honors excellence in technology and recognizes top chief executives for the innovative tactics and leadership that drive their companies to success.
  • Enhanced Medical Services (EMS) has purchased Vision Systems, Inc. (VSI) to reportedly become the largest reseller of ophthalmic equipment in the U.S.
  • Mobile medical technology provider HealthTronics, Inc. has acquired HealthTech Solutions, Inc., which delivers, sets up and monitors laser and surgical technologies for a variety of medical markets, including ophthalmology and optometry.
  • America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses is one of a number of retailers teaming up to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the holiday season. When customers purchase a select eye care accessory kit, $2 from the purchase will be donated to the nonprofit. And America's Best plans to donate $5 for each SHAQ frame sold through the end of the year.
  • IN10DID, Inc. — a start-up company located in Tampa — has reportedly developed a one-handed mobile keyboard designed for touch-typing on mobile devices for those with low vision.
  • A recent study has found workers in highly stressful jobs with little control over what they did died at a younger age than those with more control.
  • Hate wearing glasses to watch 3D videos? Now you soon won't have to thanks to scientists at Seoul National University who have developed a method of bring eyewear-free 3D capabilities to the small screen.
  • One of the latest entries into the smartglasses market is ORBI Prime — reportedly the first 360° video recording eyewear. Designed by ORBI Inc., the glasses featuring video-stitching and editing software, 90 minutes of recording time, are waterproof and come with built-in WiFi.
  • And ever wish you could be someone else? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have reportedly developed a pair of glasses that prevent facial recognition systems from recognizing who they are, and in some cases even made the system think the person was someone else.

Source: Various

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