Aug. 3, 2018
- Visually Impaired Get Israeli High-Tech Assistance – Keren Setton
Moshe Fischer, 68, was born in Israel with visual impairment for which there was no cure. That changed in 2013 when Fischer tested Orcam MyEye, a flash drive-size device mounted on an eyeglass arm that helps him see and do things he could not do for decades. Whoever uses the device can simply point to an object and it will tell them what is in front of them, using artificial intelligence. It can scan a page in a book and read it to the user. It does the same for money notes, grocery products and bus signs. It also tells time.
The user can take a picture of the person in front of him, record their name, and every time that person appears in front of them, the device will announce it. “I started devouring books…using a smartphone. It’s amazing,” Fischer said. The unit works offline, without using any cloud services. It helps the user in real time, with virtually no delay.
The founders of Jerusalem-based Orcam, Ziv Aviram and Amnon Shashua, are also the founders of Mobileye, a world leader in autonomous driving software. “To see the customer that’s exposed to the system and usually the first reaction is that they start to cry – it’s so moving,” said Aviram. (Xinhua-China)