This assistive wearable camera reads any text that’s in front of you

It’s great for people looking to easily read foreign languages, but even better for people with weak eyesight to begin with.

The OrCam MyEye 2 feels a lot like what the Google Glass should have evolved to become. I’m talking about ditching the holographic crystal and focusing on the camera technology, combined with Google Lens’ identification algorithm. Designed to be a small, retrofittable wearable camera that attaches to any pair of spectacles, the MyEye 2 can identify objects in front of it and read any text within its frame.

The MyEye 2 is more assistive tech than consumer tech. It helps people with low visibility to ‘see’ things by actively translating text and identifying objects. Just point at anyone or anything and the MyEye 2 picks up your gesture, analyzing what (or who) you’re pointing at. If you’ve got text in front of you, the MyEye 2 begins reading it out, allowing you to easily read fine print like newspapers, menu cards, and ingredients lists without worrying about straining your eyes. The tech works for humans too, allowing you to point at familiar people and have the wearable identify them for you.

Given that it functions as a visibility aiding device, the MyEye 2’s interface is incredibly intuitive. It works just by pointing at text, objects, and people and can even recognize voice commands… besides, if you’re visually impaired, skip the pointing and just press the button on the device and it analyzes everything within its frame. The MyEye 2 comes with a universal design that easily straps onto any pair of glasses, thanks to a magnetic band. This means it can easily be taken off whenever not in use, and even while worn, the fact that it weighs just 22 grams makes it easy enough to wear every day without worrying about the weight.

Designer: OrCam

What if the iPhone’s camera module was a detachable, GoPro-style fully functional device?

I’m fully aware that when I’m paying over $1000 for an iPhone, a healthy amount of that is going towards the camera hardware, which everyone will agree is Apple’s crown jewel… so why not just be able to buy that camera module? Louis Berger envisions a Google Project Ara-esque setup where the smartphone’s camera is a detachable module that you can either attach to a larger screen and use as a phone, or pop it out and use it as a standalone shooting device or an action cam.

Called the Mosaic, Berger’s concept is sort of a part-logical-part-sarcastic way of pointing out that camera bumps on phones are so big they might as well be an independent device! The Mosaic isn’t really intended at being an Apple concept, but the camera bump and CMF options seem pretty indicative. Pop it into its smartphone dock and you’ve got a phone with a maxed out camera, take it out and the Mosaic module is just as functional, with a screen on the other side big enough to read and even type out messages. On the lens-side, you’ve got three camera lenses, a ToF sensor, a microphone, and another tiny screen that’s great for basic notifications, or a nice preview window or countdown timer for your camera! The camera module can be even used as a neck-worn or wrist-strapped device, like an activity tracker or smartwatch, and a clip-on accessory lets you mount it on yourself, like a bodycam. It even has its own volume buttons, although the evident lack of real estate on a device so compact means there aren’t any ports on it. How would you charge it then? Well, via the smartphone, apparently.

Berger’s conceptual device addresses a lot of pain-points in consumer tech. Smartphones are expensive, smartwatches don’t have cameras, and the lack of modularity on devices means you need to throw an entire phone or watch away if a part breaks. The Mosaic, with its pretty fun, innovative, and useful design, changes all that. Besides, I’d totally spend north of $1K on a smartphone if I knew I was getting an action camera free with it!

Designer: Louis Berger

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