Can you see how far we’ve come?

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

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.

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