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Feel free to share this info with visually impaired individuals and if you or anyone you know has used this product, I would like to hear from you. Just wish it wasn't so expensive! “OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities. OrCam is a sensor that sees what is in front of you, understands what information you seek and provides it to you through a bone-conduction earpiece.
Characteristics and Features
OrCam reads, recognizes faces, identifies objects, products and places, locates bus numbers and monitors traffic lights. It does all that with the most intuitive user interface you can imagine.

Easy to Use All you have to do is point.
OrCam understands what you want on its own, whether it's to read, find an item, catch a bus or cross the road.

Faces and places are recognized continuously. OrCam will tell you when it sees a face or a place it recognizes, without you having to do anything.

To teach the device something new is just as simple: for an item shake it, for a place or face wave your hand. When OrCam sees these gestures it will instruct you in real time on how to store the item.

OrCam can read any printed text, in real time.

You can read newspapers and books, signs, labels on any product including medication and even text on a computer, phone or television screen.

It understands what you want on its own! If you point to a specific article or paragraph, OrCam will start reading from the beginning of that part, or point to the top of the text and OrCam will read it from the beginning.

Recognize objects
OrCam comes pre-installed with hundreds of objects it can recognize, and you can personalize it by teaching it to recognize the objects around you.

It can recognize products and money notes to make shopping quicker and easier, but also personal items, like your own pen or credit card. So you can always easily know what's in front of you.

Recognize People
OrCam can be taught to recognize the faces of your family and friends.
So you can easily recognize who is in a room when you come in, or who is coming towards you.

OrCam will help you get wherever you want.
It can tell you when the light changes from red to green and which bus line is coming. You can use its reading abilities to read signs, and its ability to memorize places you've already been to, in order to orient yourself.

So what can you do with OrCam?
Read any printed text
Get around on foot or public transportation
Know who is near you
Shop, recognize objects, find items etc…
And equally as important – do all that easily with just the point of a finger!”

Hear a description at this site, and hit enter on the play button :

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this amazing new technology. The world is getting very interesting for us with limited vision!

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Re: An interesting ap

I sure don't have any interest in it.

Re: An interesting ap

It appears that device is more aimed at people with low vision, enough that they can see certain things, but not enough to make out the details. The device itself also appears to have impressive OCR technology built into it.

Very interesting device overall. i'm surpised they haven't put any testimonials regarding the device on the company's website.

Re: An interesting ap

We don't have to generate the sound bwcause there is sound all around us whose reflections can be detected.

Re: An interesting ap

What I don't understand is how is a blind person supposed to point at something? It takes sight to locate something in space in order to point at it, unless that something is generating some sort of sound that the blind person can zero in on...

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