October 22, 2017
Peter Crumley of the Beaufort Lions Club, has written an excellent document –
Title: Technology to Aid the Visually Impaired to Achieve an Independent Lifestyle in the 21st Century.
This document lays the foundation for how technology is now able to give the blind & visually impaired an opportunity for new freedom never experienced before.
Please go to their online article. It is well worth reading. Both Lauren Tappan & John Logan endorse it.
October 22, 2017
This is a brief comment about the use of assisted tech. devices from a low vision user. It’s clear to me that one size does not fit all when looking for an assisted technology device. It is very much of an individual process and that is why I think that working with a low vision occupational therapist is extremely helpful in making this decision. There’s so many factors that need to be taken into consideration. The Low Vision Occupational therapist has more resources available. My brief observation is that many of the eye wear devices assist with reading, magnification, face recognition, in various ways.
I am very fortunate to be able to purchase and begin to use and apple iPhone 6S Plus. There is a learning curve to this process and an initial expense, but I have found that the Free Seeing AI App has been worth the effort.
Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text, and objects.
You can download this free app to the apple iPhone and it works best with the 6S Plus. As soon as this app is downloaded it immediately functions as a reader of short text, documents, and product recognition, as well as face recognition. You’re able to point the app at a product code and it immediately will read you the name of the product and can give you more detail of the description of the product. This is able in a grocery store or at home looking for various products in your cabinet. This app can read the dials on your microwave, your washer dryer, elevator buttons, etc. There is a data plan involved with this phone, which will add to additional expenses. But again, I think it is worth it considering how quick and easy this app functions as a reader.
Again, all of these products are helpful in maintaining independence in your home and out in the world.
August 18, 2017
The following is by Lauren Tappan
We have more updated information for low-vision AT users using the Echo. Google has come out with a competing device called Home. Home, evidently, will make free phone calls in the United States and Canada. So if you’re a low vision user of AT devices and are considering the Echo, you might look into Google’s competing product called Home.
Echo lists for $179. Home lists for $109.
Just remember, if you use these products Echo and Home, they may have some security issues.
June 7, 2017
The OrCam MyEye is a portable, artificial vision device that allows the visually impaired to understand text and identify objects. The device was developed by Israeli-based company OrCam Technologies Limited, and was released as a prototype in September 2013.
The OrCam MyEye consists of two main components: the head unit and the base unit. The head unit consists of a camera and a microphone, and is mounted on the frames of a pair of eyeglasses. The box-like base unit contains the algorithms and processing components that give the device its functionality, and can be clipped to a belt or left to rest in a pocket. The head unit and base unit are adjoined by a connecting cable.
The OrCam MyEye recognizes text and products, and speaks to the person wearing the device via a bone-conduction earpiece. With the point of the person’s finger, the device instantly responds and will infer whether it needs to read, find an item, or recognize a product depending on the environment. It may do so without searching for audio books, learning new software, or using other tools.
Reading text, menus, street signs
Product Searches in supermarkets for over 100 products
Identifies currency value
For more info, including cost & videos: