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OrCam Technologies, the world’s most advanced wearable artificial vision innovator for people who are blind, partially sighted and have reading difficulties, has launched the next generation OrCam MyEye 2.0 assistive technology device in the USA and Canada and will introduce the product into the UK shortly.

OrCam MyEye 2.0 is the culmination of intense research and development by leading minds in the Computer Vision and Machine Learning fields. “With OrCam MyEye 2.0 we have developed an end-to-end solution that employs Computer Vision not only in the principal feature flow, but also in the user interface itself,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, Co-founder, Chairman and CTO. “Thousands of users around the world have incorporated OrCam’s technology and rely on it in their daily lives. The second generation OrCam MyEye 2.0 will enable many thousands more to adopt the revolutionary device.”

Wireless, lightweight and compacted into the size of finger, OrCam MyEye 2.0’s breakthrough assistive technology instantly reads printed and digital text aloud: newspapers, books, restaurant menus, signs, product labels, computer and smartphone screens. Instant face recognition improves social situations. Identification of consumer products, colors and money notes provides a refreshing level of independence. Magnetically mounted on the wearer’s eyeglasses or sunglasses frame and weighing less than an ounce, OrCam MyEye 2.0 is the only wearable artificial vision tech that is activated by an intuitive pointing gesture or simply by following the wearer’s gaze – allowing for hands-free use without the need of a smartphone or Wi-Fi.

According to the World Health Organization, over 3% of the world population is blind or visually impaired. A recent American Community Survey found that nearly 7.5 million Americans are affected by a visual disability. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050.

“Our mission is to empower people who are blind, partially sighted, and have reading difficulties, including dyslexia and other conditions, to study, work, and live their lives with a high degree of independence,” said Mr. Ziv Aviram, OrCam Co-founder, President and CEO. “To most effectively impact the quality of life of our users, OrCam will continue to innovate and contribute to humanity through breakthrough artificial vision technology.”

The website is at www.orcam.com