A recent AT assessment with a client with low vision explored both computer based and handheld magnification tools as well as text to speech tools that would help her access print required of her online classes. Reading hard copy print (textbooks) is also a need with quantity of material required for her to consume for her classes. She also experiences visual fatigue and experiences unforeseen periods when her vision declines causing additional challenges in her functional vision.
One of the assistive reading tools, the OrCam MyEye 2.0, a wearable scanner with text to speech was trialed by the client as a low vision tool for accessing print with text to speech. This wearable device was described by the client as “a game changer”, allowing her access to her hard copy textbooks, computer print, some environmental print as trialed. Further discussion about the OrCam’s capabilities such as facial recognition and barcode scanning astonished her with immediate identification of ways this device could support her independence throughout her daily life.
This new OrCam MyEye 2.0 is a small, discreet wearable computer that attaches to a glasses temple with magnets and offers gesture and touch controls to activate scanning of text and barcodes to generate voice output. The scanning process is fast and amazingly accurate with a high quality text to speech voice. As aforementioned, it can also be used for reading text on the computer,, reading restaurant menus as well as signage and articles, identifying colors, dollar bills as well as reading barcodes on goods at home and in the community. As the client almost instantly recognized, it’s functionality extends beyond just reading course textbooks.
For the client I was working with, of all products explored, the OrCam MyEye 2.0 was identified as the “game changer” that would support her academically but also aid her in many functional daily tasks. It’s discreet, mainstream appearance is also appealing for individuals who are concerned about how others may perceive them. .
The new OrCam MyEye 2.0 provides significant improvements when compared to the flagship model sold in 2016. The new OrCam MyEye 2.0 improvements offer:
- Wireless model with battery life of 1-2 hours
- My Eye 2.0 has been streamlined, now measuring approximately 2-3 inches in length with magnets used to easily attach the unit to glasses temple(s).
- Size and positioning do not interfere with hearing aids or glasses frames.
- Easy access controls on the exterior of the device (touch or tap) to activate scan and reading print.
- My Eye 2.0 can now be positioned on the right or left side to accommodate handedness.
- Improvements in facial recognition, product scanning, dollar bill identification make it easier to use.
Here is a video describing more of the OrCam MyEye 2.0
Where can you get the OrCam My Eyes 2.0 and receive training?
Check out the MyEyes 2.0 at Adaptive Technology Resources, a supplier with certified trainers!
As stated by the client, this wearable assistive technology tool is a “game changer” for some individual. Do you have clients who have used OrCam MyEye? It is an awesome product for the right client.
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