There are much more technologies available in the market that we can imagine for people living with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy – LHON, who manifest vision loss symptoms and need to perform certain adaptations. And the options keep increasing.
Thanks to this resources people living with LHON can start reading again, as well as writing, using smartphone apps, studying, working, and performing many ordinary daily activities that would seem impossible.
With a built-in camera, the accessory connects to human agents that describe the environment to the visually impaired person and help them with basic chores, like calling a cab or an Uber, navigating on websites, etc.
This is one of the multi-function electronic glasses, which include high definition magnification, electronic texts reader, internet access, electronic projection on the lenses, etc. For other information, visit the product’s official website: https://www.esighteyewear.com/int
OrCam MyEye 2.0 was developed to give more autonomy to blind or visually impaired people and can recognize texts, people, products and bar codes, money bills, and colours. It can also inform the date and time by turning your wrist. It allows easy access to real-time information confidentially.
Books and texts in a digital format is another form of reading. There are many free access to electronic books services. With the text in a digital format, you can use your device’s (computer, smartphone, or tablet) screen reader and be able to read practically any text.
Other options are the Institutes for visually impaired people’s digital libraries. In Brazil, Fundação Dorina has a wide book and audiobook collection on many themes. For more information, visit “Dorinateca”.
Here we have put together some websites that offer information and tools for the reading accessibility democratisation.
Text recognising cameras that magnify them on screen are a fantastic option for visually impaired people, but the OrCam raises the concept to another level. It is a camera that can be fixed on a pair of regular glasses that later connects to a small computer that can be carried in your pocket. With a simple hand gesture, OrCam can recognise text, reading it to the user through a small earphone. Additionally, OrCam also recognises street signs, menus, money bills, and even faces. OrCam helps blind and visually impaired people being more independent and tends to become even faster and more useful in the future.
It is simple and accessible for everyone, as well as compatible with VoiceOver and TalkBack.
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