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Envision AI App + Glasses

Nov 6, 2023

Envision AI App + Glasses

The Ai-powered smart camera app is a must-have accessory for people with vision loss because it endeavors to provide the visual information inaccessible to impaired eyes. The first of its kind, Seeing AI, is a collection of text and image recognition channels developed by Microsoft for an Apple iPhone. Next Google created Lookout to provide a similar suite of features for Android users. 

The Envision app also reads text, scans documents, scans product barcodes, identifies objects, colors and faces. The app is free for everyone, just like Seeing AI and Lookout. Unlike the apps from Microsoft and Google, Envision is available for both iOS and Android.

The Glasses

An intriguing factor that distinguishes this app, from the others, is it can be used on a smartphone or with Envision Glasses. Schedule a free personalized demo to help decipher the many options available in glasses, including renting for $150 per month, as opposed to owning for upwards to $3,500. The choices are yours.

People with vision loss are closely watching the category of smart glasses. The Envision Glasses do not improve your eyesight, but they do translate the information your eyes are unable to process, into spoken words, using an integrated camera and speakers. What this says is, while there is no vision correction, information is the next best thing.

Watch video of Envision Glasses in use

Translate Text

Instant Text mode reads any text the camera is pointed at, great for signs, labels, price tags, mail, and product packaging.

Scan Text is the mode for longer, denser text. It includes a magnifier that reads text and can be used to zoom into a section or paragraph on a page. In this feature, the camera takes a photo of a single or multiple page. The image appears on the screen in a text format that can be read, saved, copied to a clipboard, shared, or translated to another language. 

Describes Scene, Identifies Color, Scans Barcode

Capture a photo of the scene in front of you and Envision will describe it and allow you to save the description text with the photo, to your library.

Envision detects and identifies colors in two modes. There are 30 colors described in Standard mode and 950 color names in the Descriptive mode.

Scan product barcodes for the name of the item and tap more information for product details.

Find People and Objects Around You

Teach Envision to recognize people by taking 5 photos of a face and adding a name to it. Find an object you are looking for by selecting it from a list, for example: backpack, cat, wallet, keys, mobile phone. Create a list of favorites and suggest items to add.

Find an Ally

The Envision app and glasses can connect you to family or friends for visual guidance.

Learn more at: https://www.letsenvision.com and on Hadley Presents podcast – Listen to Text with Envision App or Glasses

Post first published Jul 25, 2022 and updated Nov 6, 2023

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.



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