OrCam unveiled Breakthrough Eyeglass-Mounted Device for the Visually Impaired
6 November, 2013
The OrCam solution is a compact, eyeglass-mounted device that employs computer vision algorithms running on Freescale’s i.MX 6Quad applications processor
OrCam was established in 2010 by the founders of MobilEye, Prof. Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram
The Israeli startup, OrCam, unveiled a new device that helps people with visual impairments interact more easily with the world around them. The OrCam solution is a compact, eyeglass-mounted device that employs sophisticated computer vision algorithms running on Freescale’s i.MX 6Quad applications processor to interpret visual inputs and communicate their meaning in real time to the person wearing the device.
OrCam was established in 2010 by the founders of MobilEye, Prof. Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram. The OrCam product is comprised of a small unit mounted on the wearer’s eyeglasses and includes a small camera, microphone and bone conduction headphone. Designed with an intuitive user interface, the wearer simply points at an object or text with his or her finger, and the device then interprets and reads it.
Freescale’s i.MX 6Quad processor provides the OrCam product with the processing power. The processor’s integrated camera interface reduces the end-product form factor by eliminating the need for additional components, and advanced power management to provide the needed power efficiency for long battery life.
The i.MX 6Quad processor integrates four ARM Cortex-A9 cores running up to 1.2 GHz. “This design win underscores Freescale’s role as a premier provider of embedded intelligence for the fast-growing wearables and intelligent healthcare markets,” said Shmuel Barkan, joint general manager and director of Sales and Marketing for Freescale Israel. “The i.MX 6Quad applications processor is fueling new categories of applications and, in this instance, is providing the processing power to enable a novel and extremely compelling product that is profoundly transforming the lives of people with visual impairments.”