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Envision, an award-winning assistive technology company, has announced the official launch of Envision Glasses, which are AI-powered smart glasses for blind and visually impaired people.

Envision’s software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to extract information from images and then speaks the images out loud so the user has a greater understanding of the environment around them. Blind and low-vision users can ‘see’ to read documents at home or work, view labels while shopping, easily recognise their friends, find personal belongings at home, use public transport, video call anyone in real time, and more.

Karthik Mahadevan, CEO and Co-Founder of Envision, said: “Envision was born from our desire to empower blind and visually impaired people with greater independence and access to the visual world, including things many of us take for granted, like reading text from a book, newspaper, magazine, computer, tablet or smartphone screen, perusing a product label, opening and reading a handwritten card or letter from a loved one, or running a business meeting without the need for assistance.

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“Envision Glasses integrate our proprietary AI-assistive software with high quality, lightweight, enterprise-grade Google Glass to offer the most robust and cost-effective vision aid technology solution on the market today.”

Envision Glasses combine an abundance of ‘Read, Find, Identify and Call’ functionality with accurate OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to help users ‘see’ the world around them through the spoken word.

In addition, the assistive glasses can recognise text and scripts in more than 60 languages and Envision’s Batch Scan functionality allows users to scan more than one document at a time and all text can easily be exported to the Envision app’s library.

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The launch of Envision Glasses builds on the success of the company’s assistive iOS and Android smartphone app, which was named Best Accessibility App at the 2019 Google Play Awards and a Hall of Fame Award Winner by AppleVis, which showcases the best accessible iOS apps.

“The overwhelming volume of positive reviews and feedback we’ve received from beta testers and customers who pre-ordered during our early bird program is equal parts validating and heartwarming,” Karthik continued. “Customer comments like ‘this kind of freedom is invaluable, especially when you’re outside and have a cane or a guide dog in a hand already’ or “this is a game-changer for me and my independence” are what motivates and drives the entire Envision team.

“We’re delighted to bring Envision Glasses to market and empower blind and visually impaired people worldwide with greater independence and a hands-free, easy way to ‘see’ the world around them through the spoken word.”

The assistive glasses can be purchased via the Envision website or Sight and Sound Technology for users in the UK.

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