OrCam, a company that makes products for the visually impaired, has won one CES Innovation Award For his glasses-mount MyEye Pro device. It helps the blind and visually impaired through reading printed and digital text, recognizing people, product identification and much more. OrCam won the CES Award in the categories of Innovation Accessibility and Health and Wellness.
“We live in uncertain times, yet … our users’ access challenges during the epidemic have not stopped. If anything, they have intensified,” said Professor Amanon Shashua, co-founder and co-chairman of OrCam. Blog post.
MyEye Pro mounts on a pair of glasses and visually communicates visual information. A key new feature is the “smart reading” which, much like the Crtl-F / CMD-F (Find) function on a PC or Mac, allows users to get specific information – something that has helped to influence the CES panel. “Interactive Smart” Reading capabilities allow users to experience experiences created specifically for them, ”the judges wrote.
Another recent feature that came out last year was the OrCam Voice Assistant. Users can talk to MyEye Pro (or the company’s handheld OrCam Read) to enable facial recognition, or ask the device to read pages in books, newspapers, and restaurant menus. “The newly released ‘Hey Orcam’ enables hands-free control of all device features and settings using voice commands,” the CES judges noted.
In terms of hardware, the OrCam Eye Pro is a faster processor on previous OrCam i products, with two microphones instead of one, longer battery life, improved glasses attachments and more. Thanks to processor improvements, it launches faster and responds “faster and with greater accuracy.” [for] Indicative gesture responsiveness, bar code and banknote identification, and facial recognition, “OrCam writes.
Just before CES 2021 last year, we Note Accessibility in technology has improved, but more needs to be done. Adding functionality to existing products and software is an important part of this, but purpose-built devices also play a role. “Both OrCam MyEye and OrCam Read have been instrumental tools in ensuring that our users are able to continue their academic, professional and personal pursuits and stay more connected with family, friends and society,” said Shashua.
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