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Can Hololens provide mixed reality magnification solutions for low vision users?
'm a low vision person. My retinas are mostly destroyed due to a birth defect. Although I can see, my eyes do not magnify normally. Thus, I am very nearsighted. I have to be close to everything. Whereas a person with normal vision reads at 18 inches, I have to be about 2 inches away to read it .. that is if the print isn't too small. Or, sitting in class reading a chalk board ... can't do it. Sitting in meeting at work trying to read white board. Again, can't do it. At a normal distance of say 3-4 feet, the writing is too small because my eyes just don't magnify like everyone else's.
My interest in Hololens is to have a camera in the headset and have the camera zoom things up for me. I envision a window being presented to me (hopefully a big window) which I can position close to my face. The camera would be looking at say a regular white board 3-4 or maybe 6-8 (etc) feet away. But the holographic window that Hololens would display would be right in front of my face, and I could zoom the contents of that window to magnify it as well. Then I can get the virtual screen as close as i need it and zoom what's on the virtual board so I can read it. Then in theory, I should be able to attend a class and sit at a normal distance, and have what is on the white board (which is physically at say 3-4 feet away - which does not work for me) displayed right in front of my face .. in a window ... on the Hololens.
In other words, Hololens would make it possible to have the whiteboard right in front of my face, allow me to zoom the image on the virtual whiteboard up and down, so that I can tell what is written on it. Therefore, I could be successful in such a class. Without it, I can see there is writing on the physical board, but it just looks like a bunch of black writing. I can't make it out, and I have to listen to the presenter, and just lisetning does NOT always get the job done. You have to be able to see what he's talking about in order to understand it.
Another application would be to be sitting at my piano, have the Hololens look at the music, capture the actual music at say 2 feet away, but present a virtual window which would be closer, where can zoom up the music on the virtual screen. This would be useful because I can't read the music ... tell what the notes are ... if it's sitting a normal distance away at a normal size.
Hopefully you understand what I'm asking for. Can anybody tell me if what I'm wanting is even possible? One problem that existing low vision solutions have is that you put their headgear on and it gives you this small window to look in. In their window, you see a magnified image, but the window is so small that you can't get very much in the window. If the Holonens can holographically present a big screen in front of you, and if you can zoom the contents up, then in theory you should have an entire TV screen in front of you, rather than just a small window. This sould allow you to see the whole whiteboard, or the whole sheet of music, etc. Seeing the "whole page" would really improve your ability to understand the big picture.
Hope this makes sense. Any responses would be appreciated.