My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired. I also want to show that it is possible for a person who is blind or has low vision can lead an independent life. I hope to break some of the misconceptions that exist about people who are blind or have low vision. Today I want to highlight a piece of assistive technology that makes it possible for a blind or visually impaired person to complete many tasks independently.
This piece of technology is called OrCam. It is a small device that can be attached to glasses if desired. This device is able to read text, turning it into speech. It is also able to recognize faces after images are programmed.
This device is able to identify products allowing independent shopping. It is able to identify products via barcodes as well. This device can identify money and colors as well. It does not need an internet connection to work.
I think it is important to have this kind of technology because it allows a person to be fully independent as they do not have to rely on a shopping assistant as this can be used to identify products. It may take longer but it could be done independently.
Here are some demonstrations of how it works.
I would like to get one of these for myself as it would be very helpful for me. I am very thankful for this technology.
You can learn more about OrCam here.