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Monday, 9 January 2012

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A thing of the past? Unfortunately not.

The long and short-sighted can finally throw away glasses and contact lens and instead see the world through their phone. Now, instead of the multitude of complicated vision aids, people can simply download iSee.

"This is a major step forward," said App World! editor, Mac Buck. "Being in the short-sighted category myself, this applelet means one less thing for me to remember to take with me."

Those wishing to use iSee mere tell the app their prescription, and it changes the focus of the camera to allow them to look through the screen and see the world in perfect clarity.

"There are a couple of downsides to the app," said Buck. "These are sever enough to get the app just three out of five apples, instead of the full five."

Buck's first beef with the applelet is that driving whilst using a smart phone is illegal in most countries. Additionally, many cinemas dislike people using phones while in the cinema.

"It's also illegal to drive while visually impaired without corrective aids," said Buck. "So this is a lose-lose scenario. The same is true at the cinema. Doubly so at a drive-in cinema."

Where countries do not have laws about using smart phones while driving, the Apple iPhone Head Strap (retailing at about thirty pounds) allows the user to strap the phone to the head and see perfectly.

"My second complaint about the app," said Buck, "is that you can't read the screen if you're long sighted, without using the app."

Though the second point will be resolved in version two, by adjusting the focus of the screen for long sighted users, the former problem would require changes to national laws.

"I don't see this happening," said Buck. "So, take my advice and remember your glasses."

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