ReBokeh: An app improving life for the low-vision community @ CES 2024 - Show Notes

ReBokeh: An app improving life for the low-vision community @ CES 2024

Monday Mar 25, 2024 (00:08:45)


Enhancing vision for the visually impaired is a crucial aspect of assistive technology, and one company that is making strides in this area is ReBokeh. Founded by Rebecca Rosenberg, ReBokeh is a smartphone app designed specifically for individuals with moderate vision impairments. The app utilizes the live camera feed from a phone or iPad to allow users to make custom image adjustments, such as zoom, contrast, exposure, and color adjustments, to enhance their existing vision.

Enhancing vision for the visually impaired

ReBokeh's mission is to help individuals with vision impairments enhance their existing vision rather than completely replace it. This approach is particularly important for individuals like Rebecca herself, who has low vision as a result of albinism. Growing up, she was dissatisfied with the assistive technologies available to her, as they focused on replacing vision rather than enhancing it. This led her to create ReBokeh, a technology that empowers individuals to personalize the way they see the world to meet their specific needs.

The impact of ReBokeh on the visually impaired community has been profound. Users have reported using the app in a variety of settings, from classrooms to restaurants to museums. The app has enabled individuals to participate in activities that were previously inaccessible to them, such as playing in an orchestra or taking an ASL class. By enhancing their vision in real-world scenarios, ReBokeh has empowered individuals with vision impairments to live more independently and fully engage with their surroundings.

ReBokeh app helps low vision

One of the key aspects of ReBokeh's success is its focus on functional needs rather than specific disease states. This allows individuals with a variety of vision impairments, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, albinism, and retinitis pigmentosa, to benefit from the app's features. The app is designed for individuals who have a good amount of usable vision but may need additional assistance in certain situations. This approach caters to about 90% of people with vision impairments who still have functional vision and want to make the most of it.

The app's customizable settings and features offer a personalized experience for users, allowing them to set up the app according to their specific needs and preferences. This level of customization can be a game-changer for individuals with vision impairments, as it gives them the tools they need to accomplish tasks independently in their everyday lives.

The positive feedback and testimonials from users worldwide highlight the significant impact that ReBokeh has had on the low-vision population. Users have described the app as a game-changer and a revolution in their ability to navigate the world around them. The app's success is further underscored by the fact that it is one of the first and only companies specifically targeting the moderate low-vision population, filling a crucial gap in the assistive technology market.

Conclusion: An app to enhance, not replace, diminished vision

Overall, ReBokeh's commitment to enhancing vision for individuals with low vision is commendable. By providing a user-friendly and customizable app that addresses the functional needs of individuals with various vision impairments, ReBokeh is making a tangible difference in the lives of its users. As technology continues to evolve, apps like ReBokeh are instrumental in creating a more accessible and inclusive world for individuals with vision impairments.

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Scott Ertz

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Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

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