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New Israeli technology to give gift of sight to visually impaired

By Mason White 5:08 PM June 16, 2013
Woman using the ORCAM 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A new Israeli technology will soon give the gift of sight to those who are visually impaired.

An Israeli startup is set to give the gift of sight to visually impaired with their new device called “ORCAM.”

The “ORCAM” is a small camera that can be attached to glasses that when pointed at books, objects and faces, can read aloud or describe the sighting. The device went on sale this week for just $2,500. It was available in the U.S. last week, but the first shipment has already been sold out.

The company was founded by Israeli tech giant Amnon Shashua, who is the Sachs professor of computer sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He developed the device along with other faculty members and graduates.

The “ORCAM” is operated by hand gestures. The device is pointed at an item in order for it to read it. The device can be taught something new by shaking it. The device reads aloud and uses bone conduction technology, with the handset placed against the cheek, so it can be used with a hearing aid.

Unlike other reading aids, it can recognize traffic signs, people and objects. It can also read text on flexible surfaces, such as newspapers.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view