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OrCam Puts AI to Good Use

OrCam – the device that reads text and helps people with vision impairment to recognise faces, banknotes and more – has been upgraded with artificial intelligence (AI) functionality.

Quantum RLV, which distributes OrCam Technologies in Australia, claimed the recent launch of the ‘Hey OrCam’ feature demonstrated the company’s “dedication to transform OrCam solutions into AI-driven ‘personal assistants’” that can “accompany the user throughout their day, as well as bringing the assistive technology on par with existing consumer technologies that are voice-activated”.

Founded in Israel in 2010 by Professors Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram, OrCam Technology has been available in Australia since 2017. The small wearable, and hand-held AI micro-computers, are used by people who are blind, have low vision, or have reading and learning difficulties.

According to Quantum RLV, “Thousands of people in 50 countries around the world have been using OrCam devices to have everyday text read out loud to them – whether it is checking details of products, reading documents, restaurant menus, nutritional information of products, or simply reading for enjoyment.

“OrCam MyEye devices can also recognize people’s faces, identify banknotes, colours, and read barcodes.”

Prof Shashua, OrCam Technologies co-founder and co-CEO, said Hey OrCam was released in direct response to user feedback.

“It enables an entirely new level of accessibility for people with vision impairment, and those with reading challenges. OrCam’s advancement allows their devices to listen to, comprehend, and respond to natural voice commands, thereby transforming the devices’ complete operation into an intuitive and enjoyable user experience.

To operate any device function, OrCam users simply speak out loud, and they can now also choose to use voice commands to query and change all settings.”

OrCam’s research and development team is now working on orientation and navigation features designed to orient users in their immediate environment by giving them audio feedback on items in front of them.