Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired Introduces New Eyeglass Mounted Technology to St. Louis
OrCam MyEye, a unique, wearable device that mounts on glasses, receives visual information and speaks to the wearer, recognizing products and identifying faces, now available exclusively for demonstration, training and purchase at the Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Brentwood facility.
According to David Ekin, President of the Society, “We are excited to be the first to introduce this remarkable low vision wearable device which interprets visual information using an intuitive smart camera mounted on the frames of the wearer’s eyeglasses, connected to a pocket-sized computer, to the entire Metro St. Louis area.”
Ekin added, “This device will make the world of difference for our clients who have limited vision. OrCam MyEye will allow them to instantly and discreetly read their mail, newspapers and magazines, restaurant menus, all the words around them, even recognize faces and objects, opening up a whole new world! This only adds to the many options and services we offer for those with low vision.”
Prior to introduction of OrCam to the St. Louis Metro Area, anyone who wanted to obtain the device in the Midwest had to travel to Chicago, Illinois. Two Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired clients, Mark Detjen and Robyn Wallen, recently travelled from their home in St. Louis to Chicago to purchase an OrCam MyEye and to receive training.
Mark has Retinitis Pigmentosa and had lost most of his sight. Mark says, “I am thrilled to be able to go to the mailbox, retrieve our mail and then be able to sort and read it independently. It is something I have truly missed.” OrCam MyEye has given Mark back a sense of normalcy.
Robyn has been legally blind all her life but has always loved books. According to Robyn “One truly defining moment for me that changed my life forever was just being able to walk into a bookstore, pull a book off a shelf and sit down and start reading. It is something I had not done since I was a teenager.” The fact that the OrCam MyEye is so small makes Robyn feel normal because, unlike a large bulky device, OrCam MyEye does not draw attention.
"OrCam is passionately dedicated to providing independence through our unparalleled artificial vision technology," said Elad Serfaty, OrCam Senior Vice President. "Whether it's reading a morning newspaper, recognizing the approach of a loved one or choosing a favorite item in the supermarket, our mission is to improve quality of life."
OrCam is now available for demonstration, training and purchase at the Society for the entire metro St. Louis region, both Illinois and Missouri, and Southern Illinois, as of Monday, August 7th. Several of the Society’s staff members have been trained by OrCam to be Certified/Authorized trainers of the device. The price for each reader is $2,500 for the base model or $3,500 for a device with facial and object recognition. An appointment must be made to have the device demonstrated and to determine feasibility of use for each individual.
About OrCam Technologies:
OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform which improves the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, have a reading disability or people with other conditions.
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, passionate customer service team – including sighed, low vision and blind members – to provide visual aid through a discreet mobile and easy-to-use interface.
OrCam was jointly founded in 2010 by CTO Profession Amnon Shashua and CEO Ziv Aviram, who are also co-founders of collision avoidance system Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY). The OrCam MyEye assistive technology device was launched in the US in 2015 and subsequently in a growing number of countries. The company recently established its European headquarters in London and Canadian headquarters in Toronto. Please visit http://www.orcam.com.
About Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
The Society enhances independence, empowers individuals and enriches the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired and their families. Caring, qualified staff provide specialized vision rehabilitation, adaptive education, assistive technology and support services.
For further information, please visit the Society’s website at www.slsbvi.org. Anyone needing the services of the Society for the Blind or Visually Impaired, including the OrCam demonstration, may call the Society’s office at 314-968-9000.