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Health Tech: Smart Companion for Vision Impaired

People with impaired vision want to be as self-reliant as possible. The latest version of a digital companion makes many tasks easier.

Imagine that a person with impaired vision could always have a sighted companion with them. This would make it easier to read soup cans in the supermarket, or identify the denominations of paper money, or read street signs. There’s a product that does all this and more, and it just clips onto the earpiece of standard eyeglass frames. The MyEye 3 is the third generation of this device from OrCam. It has a camera to view your surroundings and a small speaker to discretely give you information. For example, it can recognize faces and tell you who is in the room with you. It can locate and direct you to an empty chair. And you can just point at a page in a book or a sign and it will read it to you. It even has a microphone so you can say “Hey, OrCam” and give it verbal instructions. It even has an LED light, to help read a menu in a dimly lighted restaurant. Best of all, it does not require an Internet connection to work; you can use it anywhere, anytime you need it.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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