Let’s take a look at the Acesight controller.
The most important buttons are the zoom buttons. These are the ones you’re likely to use the most. Each time I want to make things bigger, all I do is I press and release. As you can see on the screen now, we’re showing you what Acesight capturing each time I press this button. The size of what I am looking at is getting bigger and bigger until finally a yellow sign appears on the screen saying “MAX”. That means I’m at the largest size possible. I can’t go any bigger.
If I press then the zoom out button and keep going, eventually I’m going to see a yellow sign saying “1X”. That means I am at the minimum; I can’t go any smaller. Pretty straightforward.
The arrow buttons are associated with these next two buttons. So, the one on the left, when I press this, look at what happens to the display.
Right now, I’m just seeing things in natural color. I press the outline button once and now my image has changed to a high contrast black background and then all of the objects in the scene have a white outline around them.
Now you’re not going to use this to look at people or anything like that.
But if what you want to do is to move around, and you want to know where the door frame is, perhaps you want some assistance to see where the steps are on a staircase, you’ll be able to see lines outlining those things. Very helpful for mobility.
If I press the outline button a second time, now the high contrast inverts so now I have a white background with black lines around everything. And if I press it a second time, I’m now looking at regular color with black outlining.
It doesn’t matter which mode is used. I keep pressing it to step through, if I want to increase or decrease the thickness of these lines that’s what these left and right arrow buttons are for. So, as I press it, you’ll notice that I’ve got some circles on the screen that are filling in and if I press just to the left, you’ll see the thickness of the lines deceasing. So, it makes it very flexible in terms of finding a view you find most comfortable.
At any point, if I want to go back to the natural color mode without any outlines at all, I just press the at the bottom of the controller once, and there you go.
So, the button beside the outline button is the viewing mode button. And so the font doesn’t look that crisp in this mode. But if I switch it to a high contrast mode and then adjust the contrast look at what difference that makes to the letters.
There are multiple high contrast colors with the Acesight. If I press and hold the color button and get these little boxes of nine different colors, I now have access to all the different color combinations that are on here. But if yellow and black happens to be the color I like best I simply press and hold, I see four color buttons on the screen. And now all I’m going to get when I press the high contrast button is black on yellow or yellow on black as we have right now.
Just as I showed you before, if I want to exit from this mode, I simply press the button at the bottom. At any point when I’m inside a high contrast mode. If I use the left and right arrows I can increase and decrease the contrast to suit my specific eye condition. And again, we go back to normal color for a second.
On the right-hand side, we have reviewed these buttons before. The blue button at the top is what we press to power the device off and on. So, if I just press it just very quickly, it doesn’t switch the device off. But what I see as you can now see in the example on the screen here in the lower left corner of the screen, a battery symbol appears. Now in this case, the battery is a solid yellow battery, that’s indicating that it’s fully charged. If my battery was, let’s say, only 50% charged, only half of this battery image would be solid yellow. If I was to do a long press for about two seconds, it will switch the device off completely. My rule of thumb is if I’m going to put Acesight down for five minutes to go make a quick phone call I’m probably not going to switch it off. I just leave it there. But if I’m going to be going out for the afternoon, and I’m not planning on being back until the evening, then in order to conserve my battery charge I’m probably going to switch it off.
The button of the bottom which we are going to look at more detail later when we talk about floating reading mode is used for capturing an image. But just to show it very quickly here.
If I press the camera button while I’m looking at something and press the camera button once and it shows me a target window. I just want to make sure that target window is in the middle of whatever I’m looking at. When I press it the second time it’s now capturing the image. And so I don’t actually have to hold the newspaper magazine or whatever I’m looking at anymore. This is great for looking at, let’s say, a medicine bottle or a packet of food or something we want to study the printed information for a long period of time. And to go back to the live view all I do is press the camera button a second time and we exit from that image. And that then concludes the controller.