Recently, a matching fund was made for Josh Winters, 23, of Montevideo, to acquire OrCam glasses to aid with his visual impairment.

 

Recently, a matching fund was made for Josh Winters, 23, of Montevideo, to acquire OrCam glasses to aid with his visual impairment.

Josh suffers from a disorder known as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). This disorder is considered rare and includes trouble seeing in the dark and decreased peripheral vision. There is no known cure at this time.

Josh was diagnosed with RP at age 13, but in the last two years the disorder has progressed rapidly. His mother, Bev Winters, heard about OrCam glasses through an ad online. Through the ad she was able to get information from a representative in the cities and learn how the glasses could impact Josh’s life.

The OrCam is a small camera worn like glasses, similar to Google Glass for those familiar with the technology. The camera is connected to a portable computer by a thin cable, which is designed to fit in a pocket. The system clips onto the glasses with a magnet, and uses a bone conduction speaker to read aloud the objects or words gestured to by the individual. It is designed to recognize both speech and texts such as newspaper articles and bus numbers, as well as landmarks, traffic lights, and familiar faces.

To recognize an object or text, the individual points at it, and the device interprets the object or scene and is then transmitted via audio.

Through generous donations from local organizations, Josh was able to acquire these glasses and use them in his everyday life.

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