The device called Orcam My Eye, designed to help the blind to move through life, seems to have passed the first serious test. The researchers made testing on the device with 12 blind volunteers which included 10 daily visual activities such as reading a newspaper, signs and email.
Without this device, the volunteers achieved average score 2.5 of 10, while with using of the device the score was 9.5 of 10. Using a week at home, the achieved result was even higher and amounted to 9.8 of 10. The progress was noticeable even among volunteers who had used other devices to look.
“Orcam My Eye” is a creation of the eponymous Israeli start-up company founded by Amnon Shashua, a professor of computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and current CEO Ziv Aviram.
The device is powered by portable batteries fastened on the side of the glasses. When a user is directed to what he wants to read, the device make picture of that, scan it and read for the user. Although it is equipped with its own visual library, the device can store more images and even to perform face recognition. This is achieved by a computer algorithm developed by Shashua and coworkers in 2011.
Although the device has been officially launched in 2015 in the US, so far its performance has not been confirmed by independent researchers. The study was done by Dr. Elad Mojsejev, eye surgeon from Tel Aviv Medical Center in Israel and Dr. J. r.Mark. Manisa, who during the study were researchers at the Center “Davis Eye” in Sacramento at the University of California.
The findings were presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, held in Chicago.
Although initial results are very encouraging. Mojsejev says that this is the first of the series of subsequent studies who need to be implement, which should be included large group of people with different levels of visual impairment.