Samsung launches Relúmĭno, a Gear VR app for the visually impaired

Samsung Relúmĭno

Samsung announced that it will launch “Relúmĭno,” a visual aid application for the people with low vision (not totally blind).

Relúmĭno works in conjunction with the Samsung Gear VR headset to enhance the vision of visually impaired people. Users with newer models of Galaxy smartphones — including the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8 and S8+ — will be able to download Relúmĭno for free in the Oculus Store with support for English and Korean languages.

“Relúmĭno will be the life-changer for 240 million of the visually impaired people around the world and we promise a firm and continuing support,” Jaiil Lee, Vice President and Head of Creativity & Innovation Center at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

The visual aid app processes images from videos projected through the rear camera of a smartphone and makes the images friendly to the visually impaired users. More specifically, it can magnify and minimize image; highlight the image outline; adjust color contrast and brightness; reverse color; and screen color filtering. The end effect is to enable visually challenged people to see images clearer when they are reading a book or viewing an object.

For those suffering from a blind spot in vision or the Tunnel Vision, which is the loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision, Relúmĭno aids by remapping unseen images to place in visible parts of the eye.

Unlike other visual aids with similar quality that often cost thousands of dollars, Relúmĭno users get the equivalent features at a much more affordable price.

Relúmĭno was at display at this year’ Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It is a product of Samsung’s in-house incubator program – C-Lab, which was launched in December 2012 to nurture a creative corporate culture and innovative ideas among Samsung employees.