OrCam MyEye is an assistive technology device for people who are blind or visually impaired. Its unique size and functions make it stand out as one of the easiest to use products for the blind on the market.
The OrCam is made up of two parts. One part is the processor or brain of the device, which is about the size of a phone and can fit into one’s pocket. The processor unit has an audio jack that can attach to a speaker, charger port, and three buttons- power button, volume button and the trigger button which the user can use to initiate a scan. The second part of the device is the head unit which consists of the camera and the speaker. The camera snaps on to the frame of almost any pair of eyeglasses
The OrCam comes in two different versions. There is the OrCam MyEye and the OrCam MyReader. The difference between these two products for blind people is that the OrCam MyReader focuses on reading and text recognition while the OrCam MyEye contains the face and product recognition feature along with the text recognition. Both these products for the blind are activated in the same way- either by pressing the trigger button or by placing your finger near the top center of the page or block of text you want to read and pointing. The device recognizes the finger and uses it to activate the action of taking a picture. To pause the reading, you can place your hand in front of the text and the reading will stop.
At of all the products for blind and visually impaired people, the OrCam MyEye is different in that it reads texts, recognizes faces, and identifies products all in one. It is small, portable, and discreet. Another reason the OrCam is different than other products for the blind is that it does not need to connect to WiFi and does not store information in a cloud. All the information is completely private. The OrCam can store and recognize up to 150 images in its memory.