An updated artificial vision device, which allows people who are blind, partially sighted or have reading difficulties to read and recognise faces, has won the Last Gadget Standing competition at CES 2018.
The OrCam MyEye 2.0 received the most online votes ahead of the live event last week which is the longest-running and one of the most popular competitions at the Las Vegas tech show.
While the finalists are chosen by a panel of expert judges, the final winners are decided by an online vote and a live audience vote at an event hosted by Yahoo Tech founder, David Pogue.
The OrCam MyEye 2.0 is a wearable artificial vision device that uses artificial vision technology to enable users to instantly and discreetly read text off of any surface and also to recognise colours, faces, bank notes, and products.
OrCam MyEye 2.0 has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use for people with visual impairments. A totally wireless device, it is magnetically mounted onto the user’s eyeglasses or sunglasses frame and weighs less than 30g.
The device claims to be the only wearable artificial vision technology that is activated by a pointing gesture or by following the wearer’s gaze – allowing for hands-free use without the need of a smartphone or Wi-Fi.
Another new feature is LED lighting which can illuminate text, faces, products and currency notes in low light environments, making the MyEye 2.0’s text reading and facial/object recognition even more powerful. Identification of consumer products via barcode scanning, colours, and money notes also provides users with greater levels of independence.
OrCam MyEye 2.0 is the culmination of research and development by figures in the Computer Vision and Machine Learning fields. Prof. Amnon Shashua, co-founder, chairman and CTO, said: “Thousands of users around the world have incorporated OrCam’s technology and rely on it in their daily lives. The second generation OrCam MyEye 2.0 will enable many thousands more to adopt the revolutionary device.”