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Vision – online free eye test not quite ready for prime time

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We stumbled across a new site the other day which promises to provide an on-screen eye test service using nothing more exotic than your monitor and a smartphone. The project is clearly still in beta (because there’s a big beta badge on it) so we’re happy to give it a bit of slack, but there is one huge problem which the developers seem to have overlooked.

Vision has a very simple interface, just a few words and an image of a screen and phone. The idea appears to be that you scan the QR barcode on the screen, then calibrate your monitor (for size) and then start the test sitting 4 meters away from your screen.

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The big problem is there are absolutely no instructions. At all. Just those basic sketchy commands. What do I do when I’m sitting there looking at the screen? What is the phone for? What are all those stars for? Why am I wasting my time with a site which has clearly not moved out of Alpha, let alone Beta?

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Ah yes, we promised to be gentle. So please developer people, sort our your app, because it actually does look interesting.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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