Prince William’s visit to Israel this week included a demonstration from one of the country’s leading assistive technology firms which has produced a wearable artificial intelligence device that allows blind people to read and recognise faces.
The Duke of Cambridge said OrCam’s MyEye technology was “absolutely incredible” and added: “That will help many people I am sure. What brilliant tech.”
The MyEye claims to be the most advanced wearable artificial vision device for people who are partially sighted, blind, have reading difficulties or reading fatigue.
Prince William, with the wearable AI device attached to glasses, used a pointing gesture to activate real-time text reading.
Ziv Aviram, OrCam Technologies co-founder, president and CEO, then successfully used the device’s facial recognition functionality to recognise both Prince William and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also took part in the event.
Mr Aviram said: “I was deeply appreciative for the opportunity to present OrCam MyEye to Prince William during his historic visit to Israel.
“I am incredibly honoured by Prince William’s positive reaction to using our breakthrough artificial vision technology which has been empowering the lives of tens of thousands of British citizens and users around the world.”
The size of a finger, OrCam MyEye 2.0’s assistive technology discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud in real time. Instant face recognition and identification of consumer products, colours and money notes provides increased independence.
Magnetically mounted on the wearer’s eyeglasses frame and weighing less than an ounce, OrCam MyEye 2.0 is the only wearable artificial vision tech that is activated by an intuitive pointing gesture or by following the wearer’s gaze – allowing for hands-free use.
Prince William’s meeting at the British Ambassador to Israel’s residence in Ramat Gan, initiated by the British Embassy’s UK Israel Tech Hub, showcased advanced Israeli technology that impacts society.