The MyMe follows on from the MyEye 2.0
, which helps the visually impaired navigate the world with a low-cost device and without invasive procedures. Its software uses a high-resolution video camera and smart algorithms that analyze what the camera is seeing, whether faces or text or objects, and reads back the information to a user in real time.
The MyEye product is basically a little camera with a mount attached to a computing device — the size of a smartphone that fits in a pocket — and a personal speaker. The OrCam camera is attached to the frame of a pair of glasses via a magnet, and when the user points to a text or surface, the speaker transforms the image into words and reads them aloud, thus enabling users to "read" newspapers, restaurant menus, or books. The database recognizes words and text from any surface and remembers faces too.