Glasses to help the blind ‘see’
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.