Lions Club Assistive Technology Article

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.

http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/ncblc/

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Apple Seeing AI App

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.

Lauren Tappan


Enchroma – Color for the Colorblind

September 23, 2017
SEE THE DIFFERENCE

Introducing Enchroma glasses, a marriage of color vision science and optical technology.
The only specialty eyewear that alleviates red-green color blindness, enhancing colors without the compromise of color accuracy.

SYMPTOMS & CAUSES

A person with red-green color blindness sees the world differently. Their red and green photopigments have more overlap than normal, making them unable to see certain colors. Enchroma found a way to alleviate this by creating a specialized lens that filters out specific colors.

SOLVING THE PROBLEM

Creating the lens started out as computer simulations, constructing sophisticated models that simulated colors and the extent of color vision deficiency. To create this model, Enchroma utilized the latest research on the genetics of color blindness and various anomalies related to photopigments, and linked these into a model where it gives the effect on how people with red or green color blindness perceive colors.

The second step was to solve the problem by designing an optimal filter, targeting specific photopigments. Enchroma created a (patent pending) method called ‘multinotch’ filtering, cutting out sharp wavelengths of light to enhance specific colors. Enchroma lenses separate the overlapping red and green cones, helping improve vision for people who have difficulty seeing reds and greens.

 

for more info:

http://enchroma.com/


More on Amazon Echo & Google Home

August 24, 2017

More on the Amazon Echo & Google Home

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.

Lauren


OrCam Visual Aid

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.[5] 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.

Applications:

Reading text, menus, street signs

Facial Recognition

Product Searches in supermarkets for over  100 products

Identifies currency value

For more info, including cost & videos:

http://www.orcam.com/


Small Text Scanner for AT

March 26, 2017

from FeedBlitz

The C-Pen Reader Packs A Lot of Features in a Small Package

When I came across the C-Pen Reader at the FETC conference this past year, I knew that I had to request a review unit to test it out. After contacting the company, they approved my request and

C-Pen Reader

provided me a C-Pen Reader for the review. The opinions reflected in this blog are my own. I have been in the field of assistive technology for over 25 years and over these years have looked at a number of portable hand held reading solutions that promised to make the reading process easy and quick from scanning to reading text.

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