Essential Devices For the Blind

2019-08-20 | By Orcam Staff

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Today, many blind people can live independently thanks to the wide variety of devices for the blind with various functionalities. There are currently products and daily living aids that are able to increase the level of independence and improve the quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired worldwide.

Living With Blindness

A woman sitting down, tapping on the OrCam MyEye to read a book

People who are living with blindness require the same living activities as everyone else. The difficulties that can be assisted by devices for the blind are separated into two groups. The kind of devices used in the house, and the kind that is portable and are used indoors as well as outdoors. Blind people require specific labeling and aids inside their home. For example, kitchen areas need to be labeled in a way that drawers and cabinets can be found based on what is inside them. Even the bottles and containers need to be labeled for people who are blind or visually impaired so they can identify different ingredients. The kitchen is not the only area in the house that requires this kind of labeling and organization.


The entire bathroom should be set up in a way that will prevent injuries of any kind for people who are blind or visually impaired. This is especially true regarding the shower, bathtub, sink area and any other surface that can become wet and slippery. Even bedrooms and closets require adaptation to the needs of people who are blind and visually impaired. Labeling closets and drawers may not always be necessary for every blind person. However, labeling clothes will usually be necessary, especially when the need arises to be able to choose one color from another when getting dressed. For all of these instances, braille labels are useful. However, only 1% of people who are visually impaired in the USA read braille.

Devices For the Blind

An OrCam MyEye 2 device next to a pair of glasses.

As far as mobility, the need to walk around and avoid tripping over any obstacles is crucial. For this, white canes and walking aids are used by most of the blind and visually impaired community. Mobility is only one of the many functions that are required from devices for the blind. The problem is that people who are blind have difficulties with most day-to-day tasks, however, most assistive devices have only one functionality.


OrCam MyEye 2 can help people who are blind and visually impaired in a way that no other device can. The feature-rich device can easily perform so many different types of functionalities. One of the most helpful aspects of the device’s functionality is that it does not require a connection to the internet. When users travel from place to place and even on the road, the features are fully available. Reading text, recognizing faces, identifying products, colors, and money notes, all features of the device, are important tasks that people do every day, both in the house as well as outdoors.


Today, so many things are labeled with colors that define who it’s for and what its purpose is. Trash cans, bus stops, and more are labeled by color. Identification of color is just one of the additional features that will help blind people live more independently. When shopping independently, users can point at any product for the name and the contents to be read out loud for them. OrCam MyEye 2 can instantly read any printed or digital text, recognize faces, and more.


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