X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

A couple of years ago we checked out OpenGlass, a prototype software that used Google Glass to help the visually impaired identify objects. OrCam has a very similar function. It has a camera that clips on to eyeglasses and recognizes text, faces and objects.

orcam_camera_for_visually_impaired_1zoom in

OrCam can read non-cursive text and identify objects and faces to the wearer through its bone conduction speaker. All you have to do is point at something and OrCam will try and read or name it.

orcam_camera_for_visually_impaired_2zoom in

OrCam doesn’t talk about its object recognition in detail on its website, but it appears you can store images of objects or faces and associate names with them, so that the next time you encounter them OrCam knows what they’re called. Here’s CNN’s brief report on OrCam:

In case you didn’t watch the video above, the device is far from perfect. It might work inconsistently in very bright environments, and might not make sense of text written in shortcut, such as those found on signage. Also, people who are totally blind can’t use OrCam because the device needs to be guided. Finally, unlike Google Glass, the rest of OrCam is housed in a bulky container that’s wired to the eyeglasses attachment. Still, it’s a very helpful device.

You can order OrCam for $3,500 (USD). Its currently available only in the United States and with English, but the company is working to add support for other languages.

[via CNN Money]

Hot Deals in the Technabob Shop:



More from Awesomer Media...

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Thank God for the Rain

Thank God for the Rain

2017 Land Rover Discovery: The New King of the SUV Hill

2017 Land Rover Discovery: The New King of the SUV Hill

2017 Camaro ZL1 Official Top Speed is 198 MPH

2017 Camaro ZL1 Official Top Speed is 198 MPH

Rogue One Blu-ray Release Date Surfaces

Rogue One Blu-ray Release Date Surfaces

Sideshow Daredevil 1/6 Scale Action Figure

Sideshow Daredevil 1/6 Scale Action Figure

Advertisement