April 26, 2018 – The latest version of Cyber Eyez now uses Microsoft Cognitive Services Computer Vision – the technology used by Seeing AI – to support instant text recognition. Additionally, Cyber Eyez 2.5 supports free live video calling with Skype running on Vuzix M300 smart glasses.
“Reading text and ‘visual interpretation’ are two of the most successful use cases for smart glasses in the blind or low vision community. We’re proud to be able to offer these services in Cyber Eyez to our user community everywhere they go,” said Sean Tibbetts, CEO & Co-Founder of Cyber Timez.
The ‘Reading Assistant’ feature in Cyber Eyez enables those who are blind or with low vision to have their mail, restaurant menus, documents and more read aloud to them using the optical character recognition feature of the Microsoft Computer Vision tool. This technology is also used by Microsoft’s Seeing AI app on iOS to recognize text among many other types of objects. Using Microsoft Azure, this feature can recognize text in multiple languages, identify column and table-based formatting—even in poor lighting or with folds in the paper.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to support such a rapid development cycle to deploy Microsoft’s rich text recognition capabilities and the value it will bring to the blind and low vision community,” said Anirudh Koul, a data scientist with Microsoft working on Seeing AI.
Cyber Eyez 2.5 has also added free video calling with Skype. “Sometimes all the tech in the world fails and you just need a set of eyes to tell you what you are looking at. Now you can do that for free using Skype in Cyber Eyez,” said Jeana Angelini who uses Cyber Eyez both at home and at her job in a manufacturing facility. Skype is a secure platform that is used by many people worldwide and now that list includes the Vuzix M300 smart glasses with Cyber Eyez.
Cyber Timez is an industry leader and innovator in smart glasses software development deploying the latest computer vision techniques including edge and cloud based machine learning and artificial intelligence engines. The company’s product Cyber Eyez provides greater independence for people with vision loss by providing multiple tools to read text (in over 160 languages), identify objects, recognize colors, sense moods on faces, scan barcodes and live video chat using smart glasses. Cyber Timez is an award-winning company focused on making a difference in real people’s lives through technology. We are firm believers in and driven by our motto “Always in the service of others.”