Barcode benefits

OrCam has introduced barcode recognition software to its MyEye 2.0 device

Barcode recognition has been rolled out on OrCam’s wearable assistive MyEye 2.0 device.

Users across the UK can now use the next generation artificial vision tool to instantly identify tens of thousands of consumer products.

MyEye 2.0 can be used to read printed and digital text on any surface, recognise faces and identify bank notes in real time.

OrCam has confirmed that it will continue to expand its existing barcode database so the device can recognise an increasing number of products.

MyEye 2.0 uses artificial intelligence software to analyse and communicate visual information through audio. When the device detects a barcode on a product it will automatically check if it is in OrCam’s pre-loaded database. If a match is made, the device tells the user the product name and other information such as its weight or if the product is a multipack.

Discussing the benefits of barcode recognition, OrCam explained that shopping can be particularly challenging and stressful for blind and partially sighted people as the text on product labels can be small and hard to identify.

OrCam user, June Wheeler, agrees. Sharing her experiences, Ms Wheeler said: “As a result of macular degeneration, I began to find everyday actions, such as placing toothpaste on a toothbrush, increasingly difficult. Identifying products while shopping, recognising faces, and reading the newspaper were among a growing number of daily activities that I had difficulty with as my vision deteriorated.”

“OrCam assists me with my shopping. Now I am able to buy the correct items in the supermarket. Furthermore, I do not get confused between products as I use my OrCam MyEye to read the labels and make sure I am selecting what I intend to buy.”

The update has been rolled out to all MyEye 2.0 users automatically through a software update.