OrCam Technologies co-founder Amnon Shashua to speak at Sight Tech Global – TechCrunch

If the measure of progress in technology is that devices should become ever smaller and more capable, then OrCam Technologies is on a The Israeli firm’s OrCam MyEye, which fits on the arm of a pair of glasses, is far more powerful and much smaller than its predecessor. With new AI-based Smart…

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The technological challenge in bringing these desires into reality critically depends on the progress of compute and algorithms. “By ‘compute,’” says Shashua,  “I mean the ever-growing trend to miniaturize processing power enables more sophisticated algorithms to reside on smaller and battery-powered footprint.

Will the AI-based natural-language processing lead to an all-purpose, customizable personal assistants that work with abilities as needed? “In OrCam’s roadmap,” says Shashua, “the ultimate AT must have the right balance between computer vision and natural language processing.

At the start of a new era for assistive technology, OrCam’s approach with the lightweight, offline-operating OrCam MyEye is nothing if not thought provoking (the device was recognized as a TIME Best Invention of 2019).

Combining the two creates a powerful impact on the future of assistive tech for people who are blind and visually impaired. Shashua received a B.

At the upcoming Sight Tech Global virtual event, we’re pleased to announce that OrCam’s co-founder and co-CEO, Professor Amnon Shashua, will be a featured speaker.

The firm has gone on to raise $130. 4 million dollars from investors, including Intel, and sell the OrCam MyEye device to tens of thousands of users in over 50 countries.

With new AI-based Smart Reading software released in July, the device not only “reads” text and labels but also identifies people by name and describes other important aspects of the visual world.

For example, the “smart reading” feature recently launched harnesses NLP (natural language processing) in order to guide the device to which text information to extract and communicate to the user.

At $3900 per device in the U. S. , the OrCam MyEye is far from affordable for most people, but the firm says the device price will come down as production increases.

For example, the “orientation” feature recently launched allows the user to prompt the device to describe the objects in the scene and to provide audible guidance to those objects.

Shashua started OrCam at the prompting of his aunt, who was losing her sight and hoped that her technologist nephew could apply his prodigious talents as a scientist and AI expert to help.

It also interacts with the user, principally people who are blind or visually impaired, by means of an AI-based smart voice assistant.

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