Glasses to help the blind ‘see’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

A GAD­GET that clips to a pair of spec­ta­cles and speaks to the wearer, telling them what they are look­ing at, could of­fer ‘‘sight’’ to blind peo­ple.

The fin­ger-sized de­vice — dubbed OrCam MyEye 2.0 — al­lows users to ‘‘read’’ books, news­pa­pers, com­puter screens and even white­boards more than 6m away, as well as iden­tify food prod­ucts.

It can even learn to recog­nise the faces of loved ones.

In­vented by Is­raeli com­puter-sci­ence pro­fes­sors, it is fit­ted with a 13-megapixel minia­ture cam­era, a mi­cro­phone and speaker and re­quires no phone app or Wi-Fi con­nec­tion. When the user looks at a stim­u­lus, the cam­era takes an im­me­di­ate pic­ture which is then an­a­lysed by an in-built com­puter al­go­rithm.

Within five sec­onds, a com­put­erised voice reads words or tells the wearer who or what is in front of them.

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