Can you see how far we’ve come?
SEEING was believing at the Echuca Senior Citizens Hall on Tuesday as Vision Australia came to town to show off their new tech. Armed with the latest and greatest, the team showed off new devices to assist vision impaired people to be able to see the finer details with OrCam and IrisVision cameras. “There has been a whole lot of technological advances and this session was about showing them to Vision Australia clients,” Vision Australia assistive technology specialist Steven Monigatti said. “These include Google Home, our OrCam, IrisVision and a whole heap of other bits and pieces such as induction hobs — just things they may not be familiar with. “We had about 50 people through the day to see the devices.” One of the highlights of the gadgetry was a virtual reality-like setup called the IrisVision, (pictured) which encompassed a camera attached to ‘goggles’ helping partially blind people view the world around them. “It’s a Samsung camera that sits on people’s face and has gestures to increase and decrease zoom,” Mr Monigatti said. “Clients have reported being able to see their family members’ faces for the first time in a long while and one was so happy to see their guide dog’s face after years.”
WOW: Shirley Vinnicombe is testing out Vision Australia's IrisVision with the assistance of Jonathan Miller.