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OrCam MyEye sees more than ever

MyEye, the artificial vision device from OrCam, is receiving an upgrade.  OrCam are releasing new software to coincide with National Eye Health Week.

OrCam launched MyEye in the United States in 2015.  Children as well as adults can use the device.

What can it do?

MyEye can read any printed or digital text.  It can also recognise people and even places or objects.  For example it can recognise the user’s favourite products in a supermarket.

orcam myeye attached to glasses

The new upgrade improves the software behind the camera still further.  New features include:

  • Improved facial recognition
  • Colour identification
  • Automatic page detection

Does it work?

Sarah Matthews suffered a head-injury which left her blind in 2014.  She said: “For me, OrCam just feels like an immediate solution to all the problems I face as a blind person.

“It was amazing how quickly I was able to use the device.

“The best thing about the MyEye is when my son runs up to me, it gives me a little warning that he is coming, so that I know that there is a hug coming.

“It’s just a great experience.”

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How does it work?

MyEye is essentially a smart camera.  It attaches to the user’s glasses and uses optical character reading technology to read any printed material.  When the user points to text the camera scans it and reads out the words in real time.

myeye with pack

The device doesn’t need a smartphone app or Wi-Fi.  OrCam claim it is the only wearable assistive technology which can do this.

Why do we need artificial vision devices?

The RNIB say over two million people in the UK suffer from sight loss.  They estimate this figure will double by 2050.

Sight loss can affect people of all ages.  But, unsurprisingly, it affects more as we age.

Sight loss affects:

  • 20% of people aged over 75
  • 50% of people over the age of 90
  • Women account for two thirds of those living with sight loss
  • Black and ethnic minorities are especially at risk from some causes of sight loss
  • An adult with a learning disability is ten times more likely to suffer from sight loss

OrCam’s Dr Yonatan Wexler said: “Vision is the main sense through which we experience the world.

“There are many things that someone who loses his or her sight or has impaired vision is unable to experience.

“It’s very hard to live like that.”

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Craig Ellyard

Token old guy in the office and lifelong Hull City fan with all the psychological issues that brings. To relax I enjoy walking my two Labradors, as well as running and cycling.

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  1. Anonymous 20 September, 2017 at 09:28

    wow just imagine it can recognise “all my favourite products” in the supermarket whilst I am presumably distracted by “all the products which aren’t my favourite”, all I need now is some extra artificial arms and I can scoop everything into my basket and take them all home and enjoy “my favourite products and some products which aren’t my favourite”.
    And even when I’ve lost my sight, thank goodness it will still be able to recognise “all my favourite products” even though I won’t be able to taste them because I’ve lost my sense of taste. and in any case I wont be able to afford “all my favourite products” because of my measly pension.

  2. Anonymous 20 September, 2017 at 10:29

    OP – WTF are you on?

    Those using this device wouldn’t be distracted by ‘products which aren’t their favourite’ as they would have difficulty seeing them. That is the point. The device helps the blind or visually impaired in their daily lives.

    Your comment about artificial arms is disrespectful and why would you lose your sense of taste if you lost your sight?

  3. Anonymous 21 September, 2017 at 09:16

    there’s no need to use offensive language – who is being disrespectful now?

    where is your sense of humour?

    look at the statistics, the vast majority of people losing the sight are the elderly, by the time you are 75 you will be losing your sense of taste too.

    this product could have some benefit for people with sight loss.

  4. Anonymous 25 September, 2017 at 11:29

    Ask why in so called National Eye Health Week. Speecsavers say £69.00 for tow pairs of glasses but chage OVER £200 for those glasses

  5. Anonymous 26 September, 2017 at 09:04

    As an assistive technology specialist with a keen interest in kit for people with visual impairment I like products that create opportunities for people to be independent.

    The best thing about OCR in this context is that it can help with identifying daily stuff such as distinguishing between your can of beans or dog food without needing a sighted persons assistance. Great as this product is (and it is good), at close to £2000 how will it compete against Microsoft’s Seeing AI which is free?
    I expect to see a lot of exiting and creative change in the AT market place as the pace of development and easier access to the worldwide marketplace creates opportunities disruptive innovation that can reduce the cost of disability.

  6. Dan the Man 30 September, 2017 at 10:53

    Anon “this product could have some benefit for people with sight loss.”

    Really? You think? Muppet. The product is for people with sight loss or who are visually impaired.

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