OrCam: Real help for the visually impaired.

By on June 9, 2013 7:53:52 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Many in our community as well as outside it have visual impairments from one cause or another. Among adults, diabetes is the most frequent cause, but there are others. This invention works for all causes and is completely noninvasive. Although it was designed for people with vision loss, it might help those with dyslexia and those with memory loss.

OrCam will understand what information is wanted by the user just pointing his/her finger: A label, a street sign, newspaper article or web page, or walk/don’t walk sign…even faces can be continuously scanned.

It learns through an algorithm named ShareBoost which is a minimalit control system reputedly “hungry for input”.

An object can be stored for recognition by holding and shaking it. A place or face can be stored by a wave of the hand.

The price is currently $2,500. Not cheap, but health insurance will help when they get FDA approval. Also, that’s significantly less expensive than some surgeries, or intraocular systems. The added plus is that it’s noninvasive.

This is really good news for folks who need this help!

Source:

http://www.gizmag.com/orcam-aids-visually-impaired/27784/

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2013/06/augmented-reality-orcam/

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June 9, 2013 8:06:22 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I wonder if it can read computer screens. I have a friend who is almost blind, and a huge problem for him is touch screens, and displays for things like train schedules.

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June 9, 2013 8:43:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Heavenfall,
I wonder if it can read computer screens.

 

OrCam will understand what information is wanted by the user just pointing his/her finger: A label, a street sign, newspaper article or web page, or walk/don’t walk sign…even faces can be continuously scanned.

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June 9, 2013 9:06:54 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Ups! Thanks.

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June 9, 2013 9:21:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

All's cool, Heavenfall. If your friend uses some magnification on the screen, it'll probably help the device, although I'm not 100% sure of that.

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June 9, 2013 9:26:30 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Well, that's the problem. If it was his screen at home there are all kinds of tools available. But for example if he wants to check in via machine at the airport, he can't really see what's on the screen. And most Swedish stores have touch-displays for if you want to buy certain items like condoms/non-recipe medicine (you use the touch-display, get a receipt, then go to a vending machine with the receipt outside the store). Those are also impossible to use for him. And I already mentioned  displays at say the airport or train station with schedules for trains - often placed high up. Sounds like this could really help him out.

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June 9, 2013 9:37:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

But what if you can't see this?

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June 9, 2013 10:31:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

There's one in every crowd. 

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June 9, 2013 10:38:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This might seem like something wonderful and i like the idea what i don't like is that there his to little info on it. 
Attached to a portable computer so like a cell phone device is it connected to a server where that data can be processed?
Something similar was posted by you as well DOC some sort of goggles that acted like a phone- don’t remember.
Anyway while i like the idea i hope it’s not giving feedback about your behaviour to some server  

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June 9, 2013 11:43:54 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
Attached to a portable computer so like a cell phone device is it connected to a server where that data can be processed?

Each unit is individual, as far as I know. These aren't "surveillance" devices, Rolo, they're for the vision impaired, folks not usually employed in spying. If a central server is used, they haven't mentioned that.

Not at all like Google Glass or the other post.

As for more info? Here's their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/orcamtech

Here's the patent application:  http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20120212593

 

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June 9, 2013 12:06:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,


Quoting Roloccolor, reply 8Attached to a portable computer so like a cell phone device is it connected to a server where that data can be processed?

Each unit is individual, as far as I know. These aren't "surveillance" devices, Rolo, they're for the vision impaired, folks not usually employed in spying. If a central server is used, they haven't mentioned that.

Not at all like Google Glass or the other post.

As for more info? Here's their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/orcamtech

Here's the patent application:  http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20120212593

 


Thanks Doc will take a look at those links now

 

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