Revolutionary Artificial Vision Technology Delivers Independence to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Mar 05, 2016 01:24PM
OrCam Technologies, the artificial vision innovator for people who are blind and visually impaired, today announced the approval of the OrCam MyEye assistive technology device by the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
OrCam’s approved status by the California DOR – the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the United States – enables qualified state residents to benefit from OrCam’s wearable solution that assists people who are blind or with low vision loss.
OrCam MyEye harnesses artificial vision technology to interpret visual information through an intuitive smart camera mounted on the wearer’s eyeglasses frame, connected to a pocket-sized computer. Discretely relaying information to the user through a personal earpiece, OrCam recognizes text from newspapers, street signs, supermarket products and other sources – as well as individuals due to proprietary facial recognition technology. Every OrCam MyEye device is hand-delivered by a certified OrCam Trainer™ who teaches each new user how to incorporate the device’s technology into daily life.
“We are honored to offer OrCam MyEye, our advanced assistive technology device, to California’s residents through our approved status with the Department of Rehabilitation,” said Rami Ben Yehuda, Senior Vice President of OrCam. “Empowering blind and visually impaired individuals through artificial vision is fully in line with the California DOR’s mission to provide services that assist people with disabilities to live independently, gain employment and achieve equality.”
The approval of OrCam MyEye by the California Department of Rehabilitation allows blind and visually impaired state residents who are engaged in or seeking educational and employment opportunities to apply for a fully-funded device.
About OrCam Technologies
OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision to improve the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. OrCam has pioneered a peerless, advanced technology that provides a visual aid through a discreet, wearable platform and easy-to-use interface.
Powered by leading minds in the Computer Vision and Machine Learning fields, OrCam’s team includes dedicated software, computer and electrical engineers, hardware design experts, and a passionate customer service team – including sighted, low vision and blind members.
OrCam was jointly founded in 2010 by CTO Amnon Shashua and CEO Ziv Aviram, who are also the co-founders of accident avoidance system Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY). The OrCam MyEye device was launched in the U.S. in 2015. The company recently established its European headquarters in London.