Now I can watch the gog­gle box

Par­tially sighted lad ful­fils Star Wars dream

Daily Mirror - - MIRROR OFFERS TRAVEL - BY MATTHEW YOUNG m.young@trin­i­tymir­

A YOUNG boy has watched Star Wars from the sofa for the first time, us­ing gog­gles that en­hance vi­sion in the par­tially sighted.

Char­lie Ma­son, who has an in­her­ited form of mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, was so stunned, all he could say was: “It works.”

His first wish was to watch Star Wars with his fam­ily on the couch, rather than hav­ing to sit di­rectly in front of the TV.

The GiveVi­sion de­vice fea­tures a smart­phone at­tached to a head­set. It cap­tures im­ages with a cam­era and projects them into the per­son’s sight line.

Users can ad­just the im­ages with a re­mote con­trol. Char­lie, of Knares­bor­ough, North Yorks, is tri­alling the pro­to­type. His con­di­tion causes blind spots to ap­pear in the line of sight, mak­ing read­ing dif­fi­cult, colours ap­pear less vi­brant and faces hard to recog­nise.

Char­lie’s mum He­len, 41, said of the gog­gles: “It was over­whelm­ing. He was flab­ber­gasted. He just could not be­lieve that he was able to see things that he had not been able to see be­fore.” The NHS and Chelsea Foot­ball Club owner Ro­man Abramovich in­vested in the de­vice. In­ven­tors hope the gog­gles will be avail­able on the NHS by 2025.

Michael Cross­land, of Moor­fields Eye Hos­pi­tal, in Lon­don, said: “This could be used by peo­ple not helped by glasses.”

LOOK­ING BRIGHTER Char­lie Ma­son is test­ing the the su­per-gog­gles STUNNED Watch­ing TV

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