Introducing OrCam Read 3
Preview of the OrCam Read 3 - a hand-held AI device that can read handwriting, summarise long documents, and display large print
Many people with low vision want to read all types of materials in multiple environments – at home, at work, at school, whilst shopping. Conventional electronic magnifiers are often bulky making them confined to one room.
There are portable electronic magnifiers, but their smaller screen size makes reading of longer documents tiring, and handwritten materials are often difficult to read. Zooming in on distant text or signage is often impossible, or tricky on small smartphone screens.
There has been a significant leap forward in the OrCam range of hand-held devices that can not only read (text to speech) text at any distance but can also read handwritten text. In addition, the advanced OrCam Read 3 AI device can summarise complex documents such as restaurant menus, search for text by voice command, and even translate foreign language text into English, or vice versa. For people with low vision, the magnified and enhanced contrast print can be displayed on an iPad or laptop via wireless connection.
Students can use the handwriting recognition function to read whiteboards and blackboards, either by zooming in, or listening to the writing being read out loud. Bluetooth earbuds can be used for privacy.
OrCam Read 3 comes with a portable stand and cradle that makes book reading easy, especially when the unique “stand-mode” in utilised. This allows the user to control the reading with a hand gesture, rather than having to find and press buttons.
This 3-in-1 device is still being perfected, but will be available for sale in Australia this year.