GTT Edmonton Summary Notes, ESight Glasses, May 9, 2016

Summary Notes
GTT Edmonton Meeting May 9, 2016

The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held May 9 at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
22 people attended.

Note: Members requested an email contact for our GTT technical team. Their emails have been added to the GTT Team section below.

May Feature Topic – ESight Glasses

Shaun Gratton demonstrated the ESight EyeWear electronic eyeglasses system.

What is the ESight EyeWear?
• The system consists of wearable electronic eyeglasses that let people with vision loss see better.
• The eyeglasses frame has a central mounted video camera that captures what the user is looking at. The live video is enhanced by a computer/control unit that is carried in a side pouch. The enhanced image is streamed two a pair of LED color displays immediately in front of the eyeglasses.
• If the user has prescription eyeglasses then those corrective lenses can be installed in the ESight eyeglasses frame to further optimize the displayed image.
• All video is captured and processed in real time so there is minimal lag in what you look at and what is displayed on the screens.
• The control unit allows adjustment of contrast, color, brightness, and up to 14x magnification.
• The user can look at both near objects such as desktop material and immediately look up to see distant objects such as someone entering the room or a white board at the front of the room or activity outside the window etc.
• The system is not meant to be used as a mobility device.
• An orbit worn around the head can be adjusted to reduce the weight of the camera and video screens attached to the eyeglasses frame.
• The system costs $15,000 USD but the company offers to help find funding for those who cannot afford it.

For More Information
• The ESight EyeWear home page is at:
• For an explanation of how it works visit:
• For Frequently Asked Questions visit:
• You may telephone the company at:

Next Meeting (Monday June 13 at 7pm)
• At this meeting we will be joined by Steve Barclay, the Chief Operating Officer of Aroga, Canada’s premiere assistive technology retailer. Steve will have some product samples with him and be able to answer questions about all the blind and low vision products carried by Aroga.
• We will also show and discuss the accessibility of Android tablets.
As always, for help with other technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.
• Send your meeting topic ideas to

Meeting Location and Logistics
• Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
• We meet in the basement hall. There is elevator access.
• Enter the church from the back door. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
• Meetings are every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
• If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.

GTT Edmonton Team
• Carrie Anton is visually impaired and is the accessibility specialist for Athabasca University.
• Gerry Chevalier is blind. He is retired from HumanWare where he worked as the Product Manager for the Victor Reader line of talking book players.
• Heather MacDonald is a career and employment specialist with extensive experience helping blind and visually impaired people find employment.
• Russell Solowoniuk is blind and works with alternative formats and assistive technology at Grant MacEwan University.
• Lorne Webber is blind and is the accessibility specialist for Norquest College.

GTT Edmonton Overview
• GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
• GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
• Each meeting will present a feature technology topic and general question and answer about any other technology.
• Small groups or one on one assistance is possible at the meetings.
• Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
• There are GTT groups in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Pembroke, Halifax, Sydney, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
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