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This tiny device helps the blind and visually impaired read text and recognise faces

As technological advances are made, quality of life improves for all of us. But more importantly, and most excitedly, quality of life improves for those who need it most.

The OrCam MyEye 2 is an advanced wearable device that employs AI technology to help the blind and visually impaired. It essentially acts as a virtual personal assistant that can read text, identify products and recognise faces.

The little device attaches to the arm of a pair of glasses, with a camera at the front and a tiny speaker that faces the user’s ear.

Using the device is simple. To read text, for example, a user simply holds their finger over the area of their newspaper, book, or the text of a billboard they wish to read. The camera takes a photo and proceeds to audibly read the text. Similarly, to identify a product, the user points the camera at a product barcode and hovers their finger beneath it. The MyEye will describe what product is being held by accessing a preloaded database of consumer products available in the user’s locality.

Perhaps one of the coolest things about this device is its ability to store faces. By pointing the camera at the person you wish to identify in future, the camera will take a series of photos and ask you to record the name of the person.

And unless you intend to permanently attach the device to a pair of headphones, its probably best to avoid names such as “my terrible boss”.

Unknown faces will be recognised and announced as a child, a young man or woman, or simply a man or a woman.

The same process can also be used to store up to 150 objects such as credit cards, household cleaners or your favourite box of cereal.

The second edition of the product was released in 2017 following the original MyEye of 2015. OrCam founders Professor Amnon Shashua and Mr Ziv Aviram are also the brilliant minds behind Mobileye, “the collision avoidance system leader and autonomous driving innovator”.

OrCam MyEye 2

OrCam MyEye 2

This incredible ‘third eye’ has been garnering a lot of media attention. It has been featured on Dr Phil and Steve Harvey, and Prince William tested it during a trip to Israel. The prince met with select top technology companies including OrCam Technologies, and according to their website, “The Prince experienced first-hand how OrCam MyEye 2, the most advanced wearable assistive device for people who are blind, partially-sighted, or have reading difficulties, uses AI technology to read text and recognize faces.”

Prince William was impressed with the breakthrough technology and sung its praises.

“Wow. That is absolutely incredible. That will help many people I am sure. What brilliant tech,” he said.

Sounds like I’m not the only one who is out of my tech-depth.

The Orcam MyEye 2 is available for $6985. OrCam suggests you get in contact to discuss specifics.

In the words of Steve Harvey himself:

“Wow! That’s Gotta Be a Huge Game-Changer.”

Agreed.

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