Why is OrCam Different?

Why is OrCam Different?

Hear any printed text, in real time

OrCam MyEye enables you to read newspapers, books, signs, menus, supermarket product labels and even text on a computer or smartphone screen. The ability to access printed information at any time and in any location has never existed before.


Always On – Instantaneous Access

Text-to-Speech is something that has traditionally occurred in a set location such as a desk. More recent devices such as smart phone apps have provided mobility but required documents to be aligned in certain positions and the camera held at a prescribed height. OrCam MyEye can continuously scan the environment and read text as soon as it is encountered.



Equivalence of visually scanning text

Traditional reading machines scan a whole page, and the user then has to listen to the whole page, or use rudimentary controls like fast-forward or back.

OrCam MyEye recognises the shape of the user’s finger, and will start to read wherever the finger moves to. So a user can start to read a paragraph, realise that is not what they want and move down or across the page and start reading again in exactly the same way a sighted person may visually scan a page. This ability is unique to OrCam MyEye and is a major step forward for all people that struggle to read.


Read from any surface

Information in text form is everywhere, and not just on flat surfaces. Packaged foods and medicines have a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and are fabricated from many different materials. Like any other camera OrCam MyEye requires reasonably good light, and it will instruct the user to move to better light if it is inadequate. With the appropriate light level text can be read on plastics, fabrics, bottles and cans; just about any surface.


Read information in the environment

In the past we have considered “accessing text” to mean accessing a page of printed information.


However, what about all the information that occurs all around us, things like;

– Posters on walls, store directories
– Street and building signage
– Advertising material on shop walls and windows, or the side of buses.
– Signage – toilet signs or directional information
– Emergency exit information
– Operating instructions printed on appliances even small things like the fridge magnet from the local plumber

There is so much information a sighted person takes for granted that has not previously been available to a person who is blind or vision impaired. Reading devices in the past meant reading a page. OrCam MyEye means reading anything, anywhere.


Speed of access

OrCam MyEye is the fastest text to speech device available. Within 1-2 secs text can be recognised, converted to speech and spoken.


Recognise known faces

OrCam MyEye uses the very latest in biometric analysis to be able to perform facial recognition. A very simple process enables users to capture faces and store them. Once captured the OrCam MyEye will recognise and announce the name of the person that walks into view.



Distinguish humans in your proximity

OrCam MyEye can recognize that there are up to eight faces in front of you—a handy feature if you’re standing in a line, or if you’re at a party wondering if you’re speaking to a person or a floor lamp.


Identify Money

OrCam MyEye will accurately identify all Australian and New Zealand bank notes. Simply point at the note and the denomination and value will be read out.


Accurately identify a wide range of consumer products

OrCam MyEye will store and recognize up to 150 items such as credit cards, pantry items, household cleaners, and other objects from the size of a pack of playing cards to a box of cereal.



Social Inclusion

OrCam MyEye supports social activities when participating in a range of experiences such as volunteering, social clubs and community involvement.  The OrCam MyEye provides an additional level of access to incidental information that would otherwise be inaccessible, such as;
– Labelling of shelves, pigeon holes, filing trays
– Wall posters (safety, social events, mission statements etc)
– Any printed handouts
– Identifying visitors at home or friends in a social setting
– Reading in the company of others, either in a family or a formal setting.