Remarkable new technology using artificial intelligence is now available from OrCam to help visually impaired people read text, recognise faces, products and even money in real time.
OrCam MyEye 2.0 can be attached to the arm of a pair of glasses and can read aloud any printed text including books, newspapers, menus, signs, product labels and even computer and smartphone screens.
OrCam Read is a new handheld device for customers with mild low vision, reading difficulties like dyslexia and reading fatigue.
ORCAM MYEYE 2.0
OrCam MyEye 2.0 offers assistive tech for the blind and visually impaired and uses an advanced 13-megapixel smart camera.
It can recognise its surroundings and transmit the information through a small speaker located near the wearer’s ear when attached to eye glasses.
And the wear can control the direction of the camera simply by moving their heads in the direction of the object or text that they want to recognise.
When it comes to text recognition, the user can simply point to a page of a novel, for example, and the device can read it aloud.
And it does this completely offline so there is no cellular or wi-fi connection required.
This wearable smart camera can recognise faces following a one-off entry process the OrCam MyEye 2.0 cam recognise family members, friends and colleague instantly ad announce them with your own voice tag as soon as they come into view.
Up to 100 faces can be stored and instantly recognised.
But the device’s abilities also extends to physical objects like products and even money.
OrCam MyEye 2.0 can actually scan bar codes and access its database of millions of products so it’d ideal for the supermarket. It can store up to 150 of your favourite products.
And when it’s time to pay for the items, OrCam MyEye 2.0 an also recognise bank notes and credit cards to allow for an easier and more independent shopping experience.
The device can also identify colours so a visually impaired shopper could, for example, shop for clothing or gifts.
The OrCam MyEye 2.0 is priced at $7,250 and can possibly be subsidised with a grant from the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).
The OrCam Read is a lightweight pen-sized handheld device which can read text whether it’s on a printed surface or on a screen.
It will work with a newspaper, a book and it will even read a computer, tablet or smartphone screen through its built-in 13-megapixel smart camera.
The text is read out can be heard through the small built-in speaker.
Users can also attach Bluetooth earphones and headphones to the OrCam Read to hear the text to speech recognition as well.
It also has a 3.5mm headphones jack so you can also connect wired headphones or earphones.
OrCam Read is available now and is priced at $3,250.