Would it be cool if there were glasses that read for the blind? Well you have come to the right spot. Introducing the OrCam MyEye- the world’s most advanced assistive technology solution. This smart camera sits on a pair of eyeglasses and reads texts to the users via a mini earpiece. The OrCam can read from almost any surface and can read texts such as newspapers, computers screens, menus, and more.
Technology has come a long way in the past couple hundred years. Before there were glasses that read for the blind or other types of assistive technology, there were just regular simple eyeglasses.
Let’s take a look at some eyeglasses facts and statistics.
Glasses are believed to be invented in the mid-1200s in Italy. The inventor is unknown. When the printing press was invented in the 1400s, there was a higher rate of literacy and availability of books which encouraged new designs and mass production of affordable eyeglasses.
How many people wear glasses?
According to Jobson research from the Vision Council of America, over 61% of the population in the United States need some sort of vision correction. 61% need eyewear due to nearsightedness and 31% need vision correction due to age related farsightedness. According to Global Eyesight Now, 6 out of 10 people in the developed world wear glasses or have had corrected eye surgery.
And can you guess what the number one source of vision problems in the workplace is? Yup, you guessed it- computers. According to a business insider article, just two hours in front of a screen can strain one’s eyes. However, there are a few things you can do to minimize the discomfort and potential damage of staring at a glowing screen for hours a day. Some ways to minimize potential damage is enlarging the text on your screen, adjusting the brightness on the screen, taking breaks from staring at the screen, and blinking to keep your eyes from getting dry.
Hundreds of years ago, who would have imagined that there would be technology like the OrCam MyEye that would be able to read texts to people who are visually impaired allowing them to lead more independent lives.