There are around 285 million people who are visually impaired worldwide. If you are one of these people, do you wish there were glasses that read for you? Now there are.
The OrCam MyEye is a smart camera that sits on a pair of eyeglasses, recognizes texts and relays the message to the user via a mini earpiece. Using Optical Character Reading (OCR) technology, the tiny camera can read printed texts from almost any surface including menus, labels, books, emails and more. With its easy-to-use features, the OrCam is beneficial for people of all ages including those who are not tech savvy. The OrCam device is not just for people living with vision loss but can also assist people with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. These glasses that read for you are a life changer for people and can help them achieve greater independence.
Reading is not only important for day to day activities, it is also a well-loved hobby. Feeling the pages between your fingers as you get lost in a novel is an experience that many OrCam users missed when losing their vision. “I’ve loved books and reading all my life. Since losing my sight nine years ago, I’ve learned to embrace audio-books as well as reading electronic copies of book in Word, PDF, and plain text formats using screen reading software on my computer. It’s not the same as being able to hold a book in your hands while you disappear into it” says OrCam user, Giles Turnbull. “Sometimes, there are books that I would love to read. There are occasions where I wish I could go to a library and root through ancient (or out-of-print and never likely to be available in electronic format) texts.” After receiving his device, Giles explains that this dream of his became a reality. With the OrCam MyEye, people can once again experience the beauty of reading.
Whether for work, school, daily activities, or pleasure, reading is an important part of our lives. With the OrCam MyEye, people who are visually impaired, who thought their ability to read was lost, can now, once again, pick up a book, turn the page, and read.