Dubai health tech start-up, ShopDoc is teaming up with US-based CLEAR in a bid to bring eyeglass prescription tests into the metaverse. CLEAR is a digital eye-care company founded by former NASA optical physicist Brandon Zimmerman. Initially, the digital eye test project will be rolled out in the UAE and India with plans to expand to other regional markets to follow.
The project involves using advanced optical modeling and frontier mathematics to enable an accurate calculation and simulation of customers’ optical prescriptions and 20/20 visual performance.
Why it matters
Industry experts said the launch of medical applications on the new technology is a welcome move as it showed new and creative ways to use blockchain technology to change our daily lives. Dubai’s recently announced plan to boost the contribution of the metaverse to the economy to $4B by 2030. Announced in June by Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the strategy aims at ensuring that the metaverse increases its contribution to 1% of the emirate’s overall GDP.