Barcode recognition system helps blind and visually impaired people shop

August 06, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
Barcode recognition system helps blind and visually impaired people shop
OrCam Technologies has rolled out barcode recognition on its next generation wearable artificial vision system.

The OrCam MyEye 2.0 can instantly identify tens of thousands of barcodes for a wide range of consumer products. This uses the same artificial vision technology that allows the wearable system to read printed and digital text off of any surface, recognise faces, and identify bank notes in real time.

Shopping can be a particularly challenging and stressful activity for blind and visually impaired people, particularly when the text on product labels is small or hard to identify.

The artificial intelligence software to analyse and communicate visual information through audio. So, when the device detects a barcode on a product it will automatically check if it is in the pre-loaded database, and if a match is made the device tells the user the product name and other important information, for example its weight or if the product is a multipack.

OrCam will continue to expand the existing barcode database so that the OrCam MyEye 2.0 will be able to identify an increasing number and range of products. The new barcode recognition feature has been automatically rolled out to all existing OrCam MyEye 2.0 users through a software update.

OrCam user June Wheeler began to notice her sight was deteriorating when she started to struggle to do her weekly shopping. “As a result of my macular degeneration, I began to find everyday actions, such as placing toothpaste on my toothbrush, increasingly difficult to carry out. Identifying products while shopping, recognizing faces, and reading the newspaper were among a growing number of daily activities with which I had difficulty as my vision deteriorated," she said. 

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