November 30, 2023


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New technology: the Austrian National Library provides innovative OrCam equipment for the visually impaired

Vienna The reading tool for visually impaired people is amazingly simple and compelling: by pointing your finger at a passage of text and clicking on the device, the voice starts reading the text. All books, magazines and magazines with modern fonts are readable, Fractal is unread. OrCam can also recognize and read faces from the screen. Audio can be output in German, English and French.

The innovative OrCam MyEye 2.0 is available free of charge in cooperation with Israeli technology company OrCam for a six-month testing phase. The frequency of use should then be jointly assessed and the glasses, if desired, will be donated to the Austrian National Library.

The device is available for use in an area specially designed for the blind and visually impaired. The use is made against a deposit (user card, ID). Instructions for use are provided on the site, and users are supervised by regular follow-ups during use. All the staff at the information desk have already been trained.

About OrCam:

In terms of accessibility, the Austrian National Library has recently started offering special visual assistance to the blind and visually impaired from the Israeli company OrCam. With one click, a voice starts reading the text. The OrCam is available for use in an area specially designed for the blind and visually impaired.

OrCam is an Israeli technology company specializing in AI-based visual aids for the blind and visually impaired. The OrCam family of products currently includes OrCam MyEye 2.0, a portable smart visual aid. Moreover, other highly innovative devices are currently being developed for other target groups, namely OrCam Hear (Target group: People with hearing devices) and OrCam Read (Target group: People with reading difficulties)

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About the Austrian National Library:

With its 650-year history, the Austrian National Library in Vienna is now the largest library and central memory institution in the country. As a service-oriented information centre, the Austrian National Library provides its users with access and qualified information on its own holdings (more than 11 million items), but also on international data sets.

Inquiries and contact:

BSH . Consultants
Garnisongasse 7/25
1090 Vienna