Wearable technology is all the rage now. With everyone sporting fitness trackers and smartwatches it’s easy to forget that wearable tech can be more than just an accessory that helps optimize your life, wearable tech can also be an indispensable tool that does something you can’t.
This concept is especially relevant when it comes to wearable assistive technology, technology that can help people with disabilities fill in their weaker areas.
OrCam MyEye is one such technology. A breakthrough assistive technology, OrCam MyEye is a clip on camera that can be attached to any pair of glasses, read any text on almost any surface, and the best part, it reads to its users discretely so that only they can hear. OrCam is the definition of portable wearable assistive technology and has the ability to help people with reading disabilities such as dyslexia focus on learning and not reading and give the visually impaired their independence back.
The visually impaired are a population that is considered legally blind or as having partial vision. Unable to recognize faces of loved ones, select their favorite products from a store, read a menu alone, their quality of life is dramatically affected. OrCam not only helps by reading them text on almost any surface, it has the ability to learn and recognize hundreds of faces and products. This allows a visually impaired person with OrCam to regain their independence.
On the other hand, for people with reading disabilities such as dyslexia, reading requires huge amounts of concentration because to them the letters get scrambled and “jump around”. Sometimes the effort just doesn’t seem worth it and that leads many people affected by dyslexia to stop being curious and learning. For dyslexic students and people in the workforce, OrCam can become the reading aid and support they need to be able to work efficiently. With time and energy freed up from trying to read they can focus on learning, working and truly being present. OrCam is redefining what wearable assistive technology can be.