An assistive piece of technology that helps visually impaired people to analyse information and recognise faces was named as the best product at the recent Naidex show.
OrCam won the ‘Best in Show’ award, which is selected by an expert judging panel, and celebrates the very best disability products on show at Naidex.
One in five people in the UK will experience sight loss in their lifetime, and by 2050 the total number of people with sight loss is expected to rise to over 4 million.
OrCam’s assistive technology is designed to help people with sight loss or reading difficulties to continue living more independently.
OrCam’s devices use a smart camera equipped with artificial intelligence technology to analyse visual information, such as text, faces or barcodes, and instantly communicate it to the user via audio.
Their devices have been designed to give people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading difficulties more independence and improved quality of life.
All of OrCam’s operations are processed securely offline and in real-time, without requiring a WiFi connection, resulting in its devices protecting data privacy and being more accessible than other assistive products or smartphone apps that are reliant on an internet connection.
Reuben Isbitsky, general manager for OrCam UK, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in OrCam’s artificial vision devices at Naidex this week.
“I think the fact that OrCam’s technology is so innovative and truly makes a tangible difference to people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading difficulties like dyslexia has grabbed people’s attention.”
OrCam currently offers two artificial vision devices, the OrCam MyEye 2 and the OrCam MyReader 2. Both devices are wireless and attach magnetically to any pair of glasses.
OrCam also debuted some new OrCam MyEye 2 features at Naidex, including the new iPhone companion app, and speech recognition technology that allows users to access menus and features using voice commands.