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For eye care professionals

Orcam - the revolutionary wearable technology for the visually impaired

10 July 2017

Find out how this remarkable device can give back independence to the visually impaired

OrCam MyEye

We have recently started a partnership with OrCam and are excited to bring this amazing product to independent opticians in the United Kingdom. It has proven to be a life-changing product to many with low vision. Helping them to regain their independence and confidence in doing everyday tasks that the rest of us take for granted.

The OrCam device is a small camera clipped onto the arm of the wearer’s glasses, and is connected by a thin cable to a portable computer designed to fit in the wearer’s pocket. To recognise an object or text, the wearer simply points at it with his or her finger, and the device then reads aloud the words or object pointed at.

Not only can OrCam read text on flat surfaces such as books as with other assistive devices,  but it can also describe newspaper articles as well as bus numbers, and objects as diverse as landmarks, traffic lights and the faces of friends and family.

OrCam was co-founded by Amnon Shashua, a computer-science professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Ziv Aviram. Both are also the co-founders of Mobileye the accident avoidance system used in cars that recognises pedestrians and cyclists. Using their knowledge of artificial vision and artificial intelligence they have developed the technology into a wearable device that greatly improves the lives of people who are blind, visually impaired or have a reading disability.

There are two million people in the UK that live with sight loss. It is predicted that by 2020 the number will rise to 2,250,000. And by 2050 it will be over four million (RNIB). This is due to the ageing population - age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in adults, as well as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Almost half of blind and partially sighted people feel ‘moderately’ or ‘completely’ cut off from people and things around them, with OrCam MyEye we hope to connect these people with society giving them d the ability to interact and at the same time to be independent.

Watch how OrCam is changing lives

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