I recently acquired the Vision 800 smart glasses. This gave me a compact and convenient setup allowing me to run the the vOICe. I have had several visual experiences. When I wear the glasses, I am effectively wearing an Android tablet on my head. Yes, it would be nice to do multiple things but given the specifications of the glasses, I use them as a dedicated vision device. I also use bone conduction headphones.
- I am able to read floor numbers as well as other signage. This means that when the fire martial asks me to exit from gate 3B, I know what he is talking about. In addition, I can navigate the stairs independently and do not need to count floors.
- I can lean forward and see if my laptop has an error message. It is easier talking to the help desk if I can tell the problem and many times, I can solve the problem independently.
- I am better at indoor navigation. I am able to tell when silent humans are in the way.
- The camera on the vision 800 glasses is on the extreme left. I am not used to scanning therefore the narrow field of view and the left orientation is not matching the sense of space my body has. This is taking getting used to.
- I am also still working out the right time to look down.
- I can derive more information about my environment such as detecting flower pots that have been placed on top of filing cabinets.
- Bone conduction headphones are a double edged sword. Yes, I can hear environmental sounds but on the other hand, in situations like lunch time at the office Cafeteria, they are almost useless. I cannot hear the soundscapes unless I increase the volume significant in the vOICe.
- I have run the glasses for over 8 hours. They do not heat up much.
- I can better handle situations where colleagues leave things on different parts of my table. For example, a colleague heated my lunch and his. He kept my lunch but forgot to tell me that he had done this. I scanned the table and was able to get hold of my plate.