The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) online shop has taken stock of a special assistive device for blind and visually impaired people.
OrCam’s MyEye 2 is an updated version of the original device and includes several upgrades for users, including its wireless, lightweight design and barcode recognition functionality.
RNIB’s online shop is a key resource for people with sight loss and provides products which can support them to live more independently.
Every item stocked in the shop goes through a rigorous assessment process with RNIB prior to its release to ensure that it meets the needs of blind and visually impaired people.
Robin Spinks, innovation and technology partnerships manager at RNIB, said: “OrCam’s pioneering assistive technology offers users increased independence by allowing them to read printed or digital text, road signs, products in shops, and even to recognise the faces of loved ones.
“This gives blind and partially sighted people a greater sense of freedom and helps them to face the future with confidence.”
OrCam MyEye uses artificial intelligence to analyse and communicate visual information through audio.
The device is completely wireless – only about the size of a finger – and has been designed to be intuitive and easy-to-use for people with visual impairment. It magnetically mounts onto the user’s existing eyeglasses or sunglasses frame and weighs less than 30g.
Ian White, an OrCam user and trainer who lost the majority of his sight and has been registered blind for eight years, said: “The biggest difference that I noticed with the OrCam MyEye 2 is the increased performance, it is even more responsive and intuitive than the previous version.
“The fact that it’s wireless also means that I can be really spontaneous with how I use it. I can take the OrCam MyEye 2 out at the bus stop, or at the shops, and very quickly click it onto the side of my glasses to read anything that’s in front of me.”