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Visually Impaired Get a New Way to Read

Jerusalem — June 3, 2013

Until now reading aids for the visually impaired and the blind have been cumbersome devices that recognize text in restricted environments, or, more recently, have been software applications on smartphones that have limited capabilities.

OrCam, an Israeli start-up has developed a camera-based system intended to give the visually impaired the ability to both “read” easily and move freely.

The OrCam device is a small camera worn in the style of Google Glass, connected by a thin cable to a portable computer designed to fit in the wearer’s pocket.

The device shows very promising. We will be testing it at our center as soon as it is available in Europe.

Watch the video:


Source: The New York Times – John Markoff