Here is an important update for anyone who is interested in the Orcam system. The offer lasts until June 5:
~ A pre-launch version is now available at $2,500 (This is a similar price to a mid-range hearing aid)
~ The text reading component is up and running. It can be used for reading books, magazines, newspapers, menus, the mail….
~ The product recognition and facial recognition components are now in what is called a beta form. Everyone who purchases an OrCam at the discounted price that lasts until June 5th will be asked to share their experience using product recognition and facial recognition. Their input will be used to update future versions. Everyone who buys now will receive new software at no cost for the next year.
~ Everyone who purchases a pre-launch version also has 30 days to return it with a full refund.
Starting on June 7th the price increases to $3,500 and the return policy is for 14 days. Customers will also be charged $250 if a trainer (like me) came to their home to provide instruction, which typically lasts for 2.5 – 3 hours.
~ So, if someone is interested in trying out an OrCam now is certainly the best time BC of the discount and return policy. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-248-6735 to lock in the price for anyone interested.
Subaru launched a twin cameras system on their new cars. It is called Eyesight! (You would think they could come up with a better name.) It is and anti-collision device that can watch the road ahead and apply the brakes if necessary. Anyone with vision loss would love to have an anti-collision device for watching the road when trying to cross, for obstacles on sidewalks and in store aisles. I wish there was a product that did all this, but at least we are getting closer.
Here are links to two products, neither of them available just now but coming soon. These wearable devices are mounted on spectacles and include sound but are not intended for people with no vision, because the cameras have to point in the right direction. The websites describe in detail what the devices can do .
- www.OrCam.com OrCam is waiting to relaunch after a break of a year to improve its usability. It is intended to read prices, notices and street signs. Here is the link to the Vision Loss and Personal Recovery, VLPR, original post about the OrCam from 2013
- A spectacle mounted video camera which may be ready this year from researchers at Oxford University in England .
[Google contact lenses are not related to improved eyesight but to checking diabetic symptoms.]