The American Council of the Blind, an international advocacy organization based Rochester, New York, announced a cooperative agreement with Jerusalem-headquartered OrCam Technologies to provide OrCam’s wearable AI-driven MyEye 2 artificial vision device at a special discount for ACB members.
“The joint work of the ACB and OrCam will enable us to provide increased independence to people who are blind or have low vision by enabling them to successfully study, work and perform daily activities,” said Ziv Aviram, OrCam cofounder, president and CEO.
Wireless, lightweight and compacted into the size of a finger, the OrCam MyEye 2 is magnetically mounted on the wearer’s eyeglasses frame and discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud – from any surface – in real time.
Newspapers, books, computer and smartphone screens, restaurant menus, labels on supermarket products and street signs become immediately accessible. MyEye 2 also enables instant face recognition and identification of consumer products, colors and money notes.
The device is the only wearable artificial vision technology that is activated by an intuitive pointing gesture or simply by following the wearer’s gaze, allowing for hands-free use without the need of a smartphone or Wi-Fi.
MyEye 2 costs about $4,500 and is available in 25 languages and in 48 countries. The lower-cost OrCam My Reader has fewer features but also reads text from any printed surface.
“ACB is proud to partner with OrCam to provide this innovative technology to our members. As OrCam continues to develop this technology, we look forward to a strong partnership,” said Eric Bridges, executive director of the American Council of the Blind.