NEWS: CEO of AR Wearable Startup Presents at Conference in Anaheim

Mitchael Freeman, the COO of Ocutrx, gave a presentation on AR (augmented reality) this week at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West Conference in Anaheim. Ocutrx is a med-device startup, with HQ in Irvine, which serves the macular degeneration market. 

It created the Oculenz Advanced Macular Degeneration ARwear and the ORLenz Surgery Visualization AR headset. Freeman’s presentation included a demonstration of the tech behind the headsets. He discussed the future of wearable tech in healthcare and how it’s changing.

Freeman’s presentation touched on a range of topics, including the role wearables play in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of some chronic diseases, how 5G tech and other technologies will support the expansion of wearables and how AR visualization for surgery can be combined with AI for collecting data, predicting complications and improving surgery outcomes.

He also explained how “specialization of electronics is enabling the design of lower-power devices, as well as more reliable and adaptable devices,” according to a press release issued today by Ocutrx.

Freeman demonstrated both a patient-use headset, which aids advanced macular degeneration, along with a high-resolution, 5G surgery AR headset featuring digital microscope wireless video streaming. He showed how the surgery visualization is made possible by Ocutrx’s WiDtrx 5G wireless video.

The latency in this system has tested to be the same or less than a wired connection, such as an HDMI cable, which permits the surgeons’ headset to be totally wireless, tether-less and light-weight, “with virtually no latency,” the company claims.

“The speed at which wearable technology is developing and proving its utility in the healthcare space is raising a lot of eyebrows internationally,” Freeman said in the release. “The Ocutrx technology is aimed at both improving surgery protocols and outcomes as well as assisting patients with low vision conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, amblyopia and hemianopsia, but the reality is that our tech—and other wearable tech currently in our development—can and will be used for everything from general healthcare to fitness; from remote disease monitoring to in-home pharma testing; and into advanced surgical telemedicine — and the list goes on. The wearables space is growing by leaps and bounds and the demand for this technology is going to be very significant over the next ten years, as hospital and clinics switch from analog optical equipment to AR and other digital visual technologies. This is why Team Ocutrx jumped in early, to developed state-of-the-art AR headsets for both the physician side and the patient side of the medical devices.”

This was the 25th Medical Design & Manufacturing West Conference, billed as “the largest three-day medtech conference in North America.” The conference draws 600 healthcare professionals and the expo typically attracts over 20,000 attendees, some of whom got to try the AR headsets.

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About Ocutrx

With corporate headquarters in Irvine, California, and a research and development lab in the US Midwest, Ocutrx is a new breed of AR manufacturing company focusing on the best connected lightest weight AR headset housing the largest field-of-vision in the market. At a time when worldwide applications for easy-to-wear and easy-to-use AR solutions are being touted as the “next big thing after smartphones,” Ocutrx is creating impactful, revolutionary ARWear for medical use. To learn more about Ocutrx and its ground-breaking technology, please visit t

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Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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