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Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

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It seems like every week there is another revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to change the way we do things. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the help of the iPhone and its low-light 8-megapixel camera.  In short, what it does is enable is quick and inexpensive eye prescription diagnosis with a portable lens hooked up to an iPhone. The invention allows doctors to carry around in their pockets what used to require a visit to the optometrist’s office.

This week, we spoke with Smart Vision Labs co-founder Marc Albanese. Check out our interview and demo in the video below.

On a recent trip to Haiti, Marc and his team were able to set up a field optometrist’s office where they were able to diagnose eye prescriptions in around one minute per patient. Not only was an order of magnitude more efficient, it was especially useful for kids who aren’t always willing to sit through the normal routine eye exam.

I found myself in a rural village in Haiti, packed inside a crowded van with 16 other volunteers – all exhausted from a full day of vision tests. My colleague, Greg Van Kirk, and I were physically tired but mentally invigorated. As part of the refraction team, Greg and I helped to refract nearly 250 community members over a six hour time-frame, and we were rewarded with the smile of a woman seeing clearly for the first time, possibly in her whole life. In the process, we successfully field tested our smartphone-based autorefractor (the SVOne), something we have been working towards over the last two years. Experiencing firsthand the demand for vision services in Haiti provided our team with tremendous validation that our efforts over the past two years have been well spent.

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Marc and his team will be at the Vision Expo West this weekend demonstrating their device and you can find out more about the product on the Smartvision Labs website.

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Conan weighs in on Apple-U2, takes removal tool to the next level (Video)

Although the U2 ‘crisis’ has subsided, Apple and U2 remain in the news with rumors of special projects to encourage music sales. Now Conan has weighed in on the situation, with a rather amusing spin on the U2 removal tool. Enjoy!


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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a beating in first ever drop test video

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Youtuber PhoneBuff has managed to get his hands on an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at an Apple Store in Australia. In the video below, PhoneBuff puts these two devices through the ultimate torture test. Each device is dropped once on its back, on its side, and its face.

As you would imagine, eventually both devices met their maker. The iPhone 6 held strong throughout the side and back drop test and only was completely destroyed when being dropped on its face.

With the iPhone 6 Plus, the destruction came one drop earlier with a massive shatter to the screen when dropped on its side. This probably has to do with the weight distribution on the larger iPhone model, but either way if you drop an iPhone enough it’ll break.

Check out the drop test video below for a closer look at the carnage:


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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a beating in first ever drop test video

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 8.41.20 PM

Youtuber PhoneBuff has managed to get his hands on an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at an Apple Store in Australia. In the video below, PhoneBuff puts these two devices through the ultimate torture test. Each device is dropped once on its back, on its side, and its face.

As you would imagine, eventually both devices met their maker. The iPhone 6 held strong throughout the side and back drop test and only was completely destroyed when being dropped on its face.

With the iPhone 6 Plus, the destruction came one drop earlier with a massive shatter to the screen when dropped on its side. This probably has to do with the weight distribution on the larger iPhone model, but either way if you drop an iPhone enough it’ll break.

Check out the drop test video below for a closer look at the carnage:


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How to start enjoying third-party keyboards in iOS 8

iOS 8 finally gives iPhone users a feature Android owners have long loved: third-party keyboards. It’s a pretty familiar feature, but unleashing developers so they can create new keyboards for the iPhone (and iPad) is huge — and users being






Want to queue-jump to grab your iPhone 6? Homeless charity auctions off its spot

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If you’re in London and want to grab an iPhone 6 tomorrow morning without all that tedious queueing, the homeless charity Depaul UK can help. They’ve grabbed a space close to the front of the queue at the Regent Street store and are auctioning it off on eBay to raise funds for homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged youngsters.

This auction is for one spot near the front of the queue outside the Apple Store on Regent Street, London for the launch of the iPhone 6 and a Depaul UK t-shirt.

This auction is for the physical space outside the Apple Store and a Depaul UK t-shirt, not the iPhone 6. Just turn up and take your place in the queue before the store opens to make your purchase.

The auction runs until 6am on Friday, with the store opening at 8am. At the time of writing, the high bid was £105.


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Want to queue-jump to grab your iPhone 6? Homeless charity auctions off its spot

ebay

If you’re in London and want to grab an iPhone 6 tomorrow morning without all that tedious queueing, the homeless charity Depaul UK can help. They’ve grabbed a space close to the front of the queue at the Regent Street store and are auctioning it off on eBay to raise funds for homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged youngsters.

This auction is for one spot near the front of the queue outside the Apple Store on Regent Street, London for the launch of the iPhone 6 and a Depaul UK t-shirt.

This auction is for the physical space outside the Apple Store and a Depaul UK t-shirt, not the iPhone 6. Just turn up and take your place in the queue before the store opens to make your purchase.

The auction runs until 6am on Friday, with the store opening at 8am. At the time of writing, the high bid was £105.


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