OrCam's wearable AI platforms on show at CES 2019
09 January 2019
Artificial vision innovator to preview its OrCam MyMe personal 'AI companion' and demo OrCam MyEye assistive technology at CES 2019.
OrCam Technologies [CES Sands Hall D #44552], artificial vision and AI-driven wearable platform innovator, will preview its OrCam MyMe personal AI platform at CES 2019. OrCam MyMe functions as an 'AI companion', performing real-time facial and text recognition, plus subsequent personal big data analysis, to assist users in optimising common work and life tasks. The platform's technology is delivered to a companion app on a smartphone or smartwatch.
Carrying the heavy lifting of sophisticated AI with deep learning algorithms in a compact form factor, OrCam MyMe is currently available via a Kickstarter campaign for early adopters of the first-of-its-kind wearable platform. With the goal of building a community around the innovative device, initial pledges can secure a below-retail price of 199 US Dollars($) (full retail price: 399 US Dollars($)), with shipments beginning in March 2019.
"The mission of the campaign is to make AI a companion for humans by putting together a camera, sophisticated computing, machine learning and deep networks. I invite everyone who is interested in the potential of AI to join us and build a community in which we find ways to harness artificial intelligence for a better life," said OrCam co-founder, Chairman and CTO, Professor Amnon Shashua.
OrCam MyMe continuously operates to detect faces, matching them to stored signatures for instant recognition in the future. The device also detects text on business cards and name tags, matching the information to the individual. Once a person is recognised by OrCam MyMe, the name, contact information, recent notes associated with the person, and latest tweet are flashed to the smartphone or smartwatch on a companion app.
The user can assign people to groups or subgroups such as Work, Family and Friends. The companion app then uses personal big data analysis to create useful insights: comparative analysis on time spent with different groups, work-life balance optimisation and other statistics. Personal goals can be set and monitored through the companion app similar to other health-related devices, such as step counting or diet monitoring apps.
Lightweight (0.6 oz/17.2 g) and discreet, OrCam MyMe has a 13-megapixel camera that clips onto one's clothing and works for a full day on a single charge. Communication between OrCam MyMe and a smartphone is through a low-energy Bluetooth protocol, fine-tuned for the user to experience a continuously-on operating device with real-time performance.
OrCam MyMe respects privacy by keeping all data stored on the device itself for the sole personal use of the user, and never sent to the cloud or anywhere else. The onboard camera acts as a 'sensor', as no photos are stored on the device – all photos taken are processed for face and object recognition, and then deleted on the fly. The device does not record videos or audio and is supported by advanced cyber-security measures to avoid hacking.
Also being demoed at CES is OrCam MyEye – the world's most advanced wearable artificial vision device – which delivers increased independence to people who are blind, visually impaired or have reading difficulties, including severe dyslexia, illiteracy and other conditions. OrCam MyEye is empowering people in 23 languages and 37 countries. OrCam’s assistive technology could benefit more than two billion people globally.
Wireless, lightweight and compacted into the size of a finger, the pioneering technology of the OrCam MyEye artificial vision device discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud – from any surface – in real time. Instant face recognition and identification of consumer products, colours and money notes helps provide increased independence. Magnetically mounted on the wearer’s eyeglasses frame and weighing less than an ounce, OrCam MyEye is the only wearable artificial vision tech that is activated by an intuitive pointing gesture or simply by following the wearer's gaze – allowing for hands-free use without the need of a smartphone or Wi-Fi.
At CES 2018, OrCam MyEye won the prestigious Last Gadget Standing award.
"We will continue to intensify innovation of our breakthrough platforms, driven by wearable artificial intelligence technology pioneered by OrCam – thereby directly impacting the quality of life of our current and future users around the world," said OrCam co-founder, President and CEO, Mr Ziv Aviram. "Early adopters of OrCam MyMe, which acts as the ultimate AI personal assistant, will drive the next generation of wearables that bridge technology and society. OrCam MyEye's highly advanced artificial vision technology empowers people who are blind, partially sighted or have reading difficulties, including dyslexia or those who experience reading fatigue, to study, work and live their lives with a high degree of independence."
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