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Australian researchers achieve world-beating results

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


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Aussies spend more time exposed to blue light than sleeping

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Optometrists’ spark Apple prototype speculation

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A reference to a pair of seemingly innocuous optometrists’ referrals may have accidentally given away the secret behind of one of Apple’s most closely guarded projects.

The company is notoriously obsessive with protecting its prototype ideas, however, a leaked report detailing the everyday safety incidents at its Cupertino office appears to point toward augmented reality as the next big product launch for the multinational tech giant.

The report, obtained by online technology news site Gizmodo after it was mistakenly sent to hundreds of Apple staff instead of just OH&S workers, detailed two eye injuries that occurred in the past few months while wearing a prototype augmented reality device.

The first incident, which was documented on February 21, required medical treatment that went beyond first aid and was associated with the use of one of the company’s prototypes.

“After BT4 user study, user advised study lead, that she experienced discomfort in her eye and said she was able to see the laser flash at several points during the study. Study lead referred her to optometrist and secured prototype unit for analysis,” the report stated.

Meanwhile, another excerpt related to a worker complaining of eye pain on March 2 and stated: “Employee reported eye pain after working with new prototype, thought it may be associated with use. He noticed that the security seal on the magenta (outer) case had been broken and had thought the unit may have been tampered with.”

According to Gizmodo, a source from inside Apple speculated it could be related to an augmented reality product Apple was testing. This theory would appear in step with comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has stated on multiple occasions that augmented reality would become commonplace in the not-too-distant future.


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$1000 Visa gift card up for grabs

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

To celebrate more than 60 years as one of the world’s largest privately-held ophthalmic lens manufacturers, Younger Optics Australia & New Zealand is giving eyecare professionals the chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. ...read more

Vision 2020 opposes potential cuts to NDIS

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


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Tooth used to restore eyesight in radical surgery

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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Eye health training van gets $50,000 boost

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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Ophthalmology part of CSIRO ‘roadmap’ to future growth

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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Diabetic patients often skip eye exams

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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Government to investigate audio-described TV

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Audio-described programs could soon be available on Australian television after the Federal Government established a working group to investigate its implementation.

The move, welcomed by blindness and low vision advocates throughout Australia, will see members of the broadcasting and streaming industries meet with audio description service providers and consumer representatives. Vision Australia lead policy advisor Mr Bruce Maguire said it was a significant step toward making audio-described programming available.

“Audio description services have been available internationally since the 1980s. Television is a very important part of Australia's cultural, recreational and social life where asking someone ‘Did you catch that on TV last night?’ is a regular part of everyday conversation,” Maguire he said.

“Ironically, viewers in the United Kingdom can enjoy audio-described versions of classic Australian programs such as Home and Away and Neighbours. To date, the blindness and low vision community has been excluded from sharing major cultural, sporting and news highlights with their family and friends. As a result of the Government's government's decision, we are confident that this situation will change in the not-too-distant future.”

The working group will identify options to increase access to audio description services, and also investigate potential technology, financial and copyright challenges. 

Additionally, it will consider the results of the audio description trials conducted on the ABC in 2012 and 2016, and evaluate alternatives to legislative requirements and incentives.
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