New Technology Helps the Blind

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By:Erin Lisch

May 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-We have our sense of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight. So, what if you lost one of those senses, your ability to see?

A tiny camera attached to a pair of glasses, it looks like a device a spy would conceal to take a snap shot.

But, its actually a OrCam my reader, the camera takes a picture and then reads words of the image out loud.

75-year-old retired FAMU professor Roosevelt Wilson uses it every day, "It's not perfect, but it is so great, it's a tremendous help!"

For nearly seven decades, he had 20-20 vision but five years ago glaucoma claimed his ability to see.

"Just imagine working in total darkness," said Roosevelt.

But now, the OrCam is putting some light back in his life.

When asked what he likes using the device the most for Roosevelt said, "If I want to read a book, I just turn the page and it'll read the whole page."

OrCam is made in Israel and fairly new to the United States.

Using the device for just a few months Roosevelt says he's still learning as holds part of the OrCam pack, "I have to find this thing because it has buttons all over it."

Roosevelt along with others in our area get help with new life changing technology at the Lighthouse of the Big Bend.

Lighthouse technology Instructor Alexis Read when asked about what she expects for future technology she said, "I can't even begin to imagine."

Visually impaired herself, Read says advancements are remarkable and will only get better,"It's going to be amazing in the next 15-20 years. I know someone who is having training in June for a device called the Brain Port. He has no vision and this device will apparently let him see with tactile impulses on his tongue."

Roosevelt definitely isn't giving up on life after losing his sight, "There's a lot of adjustments, I'm having to make, but I'm making it."

Technology advancement is helping him make it. Pieces of technology like the OrCam give a snapshot to people like Roosevelt, of what's happening in our world.

Curious about the OrCam? Head to www.orcam.com



 
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