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!