The latest technologies for individuals with low vision will be showcased at TECHFEST 2023 this November, right in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.
Attendees at TECHFEST will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights through expert seminars and experience cutting-edge technology firsthand.
This free event is hosted by See Differently, South Australia’s foremost provider of low vision technology.
Andrew Davies, Technology Team Manager at See Differently, said this year’s TECHFEST is shaping up to be one of our best.
“TECHFEST offers the perfect opportunity to explore a variety of options and learn from some of the leading experts in this field,“ Andrew said.
“Technology has the power to impact every aspect of the lives of people with low vision, be it at work, home, or in the community.
“We’ll have a dedicated team available on the day to guide you through your choices and help you find the right solution for your needs.”
The full-day program will feature a keynote speaker, Sam Seavey, a prominent low vision advocate and identity from the United States, known as one of the leading voices on low vision technology through his YouTube channel, The Blind Life, which boasts nearly 60,000 subscribers.
“Sam’s inclusion this year is fantastic. He has earned a strong reputation for his honest reviews, and we can’t wait to hear his thoughts on current products in the market and the future of technology,” Andrew added.
TECHFEST will showcase over 100 products for attendees to try out.
“The term ‘technology’ may sound daunting to some, but it encompasses a wide range of products,” Andrew explained.
“You can opt for a simple watch that, with the press of a button, tells you the time, and if that’s all you need, we have it for you. However, now there are smartwatches that not only tell time but also offer excellent visibility functions and help you manage your appointments.
“It is about finding the right solution for you and what you are comfortable with.”
“We have showrooms in Adelaide at Gilles Plains and Noarlunga, but we can’t display everything. So, we invite all our suppliers to showcase their full range in one place. No matter what you’re seeking assistance with, we’ll have an option.”
Andrew said low vision technology had come a long way, especially in the last few years.
“If you’ve attended TECHFEST before and think you’ve seen it all, think again. The options are constantly evolving.
“We have a couple of new technologies designed to assist with reading, such as OrCam Read 3, which takes photos of text, including handwritten notes, and reads them aloud. Additionally, there’s Monarch, a braille device capable of downloading digital textbooks and accessing tactile graphics to translate them into braille for blind students.
“We’ll also have the new Eyedaptic Eye5 Glasses and discuss Speaking AI, a program that can describe the world around you.
“We consider ourselves leaders in the tech space in Australia, and we want to give our clients the opportunity to see the best of what’s available.”
The event will also feature a professional session, where occupational therapists, optometrists, aged care specialists, and a wide range of disability and healthcare professionals are invited to attend.
TECHFEST 2023 will be held on Thursday, November 2nd, at Ucity Adelaide (43 Franklin Street, Adelaide).
Admission is free, but it is essential to register your intent to attend.