OrCam OCR Screen Reader There are many tools for visually impaired people on the market that can help them live more independent lives. Here are a few… Screen Readers Screen Readers are software programs that allow people who are blind or visually impaired to read text that is displayed on a computer screen. The user sends commands by pressing different combinations of keys on the keyboard and this instructs the speech synthesizer what to say. A command can instruct the synthesizer to spell or read a word, line, or full screen of text. The commands can also instruct the synthesizer to announce the location of the computer’s cursor or focused item. Users can also use the screen readers to locate texts in different colors, read highlighted text, identify something in a menu, use the spell checker, or read the cells of a spreadsheet. Low Vision Devices Low vision devices include magnifiers, “talking” devices that can communicate their display through audible speech, handheld telescopes and more. Many magnifying devices are usually handheld or mounted on a stand with various zoom ranges. Handheld telescopes are usually small enough to fit in a pocket or purse and are intended to help the user see items at a distance. Braille Printers Braille printers receive data from computers or computer devices and turn that information in Braille onto paper. Braille printers typically use up more pages for the same amount of information than pages printed on a regular printer. They are also slower, noisier, and can be heavy. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Systems Optical character recognition (OCR) systems provide people who are blind or visually impaired with the ability to scan printed text and then have it converted into audible speech. The elements of OCR technology are scanning, recognition, and reading text. Current OCR technology systems provide very good accuracy and formatting capabilities. One such device is the OrCam MyEye. The OrCam is an OCR device that takes a picture of texts and relays the message to the user via a mini earpiece. The scanning is activated by the simple point of a finger or by pressing the trigger button. These tools for visually impaired people are just a few examples of devices that can help people with vision loss regain their independence.