While there has been much medical advancement for the visually impaired in the last decade or so, the device known as Orcam seems to be in a class of its own. A little camera backed by a powerful processor, Orcam helps people with visual ailments get around by literally reading aloud to them. The camera reads words, places and faces while sending said information back to the viewer via a bone-conduction ear-piece.
Developed in 2010 in Israel, Orcam has quickly picked up a fan base around the world. Videos showing real-time Orcam use show an Orcam employee using the device around a busy city. As she wanders from location to location, the Orcam device comes in handy on multiple locations reading street signs, menus and even crosswalk signals. The video shows real hope for people who have visual problems in that they would eventually not need a caretaker or seeing-eye dog anymore.
Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey have always promoted advancements and innovations towards helping people see and Orcam is a prime example of such an achievement. With further development and availability, it would be a tremendous feat to offer such a fantastic product directly from Eye Michigan. This is a device that would help people all over the world.
At $2,500, the device can be seen as an investment into one’s future. With seeing-eye dogs costing as much as 42,000, Orcam is a steal compared to such a steep price. Not everybody has that kind of money to use on such an expense, and now with Orcam, you won’t have to. Is Orcam the future? As with any new product, I’m sure there are bugs and kinks to iron out, but in the end we firmly believe that this is an answer for people with drastic visual impairments.
Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey are Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians with a combined total of over 30 years’ experience in the field. Serving areas such as Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield, Eye Michigan were some of the first doctors in the metro Detroit area to offer LASIK laser eye surgery and continue to pioneer in the newest and best eye surgeries such as Cataract Surgeries, Allegretto Wave systems and other procedures.