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A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System has found.

Mini-Camera Mounted on GlassesUsing the device, the study participants were significantly better able to perform activities of daily living. The device recognizes text and reads it to the user using an earpiece that conducts sound, and can also be programmed to recognize faces and commercial products.

The device offers new hope for the large and growing number of individuals with age-related macular degeneration or advanced-stage glaucoma, two of the leading causes of vision loss among the elderly in the United States, said Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science.

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http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/11/mini-camera-mounted-on-glasses-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-read/