AI-assistive smart glasses include features exclusive to Envision: real-time text recognition in 60 languages, handwritten text recognition, object and scene recognition, the ability to batch scan, export text, video calling and more — all at a significantly lower cost than competitive products
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, November 25, 2020 – Envision, the award-winning AI-assistive technology company that empowers blind and visually impaired people with greater independence and access to the visual information around them, today announced the official launch of Envision Glasses, the most advanced, AI-powered, assistive glasses available on the market. Available for purchase online via the Envision website or authorized resellers Florida Reading and Vision Technology (US), Sight and Sound Technology (UK), and Babbage (Netherlands), the Envision Glasses are available with a choice of two different frame types and retail for $3500, £2695 and €2999 (excluding tax), respectively. View a short video of how Envision works here.
The launch of Envision Glasses is the next step in Envision’s evolution and builds off of the success of the company’s popular, AI-assistive iOS and Android smartphone app, which was named Best Accessibility App at the 2019 Google Play Awards and a Hall of Fame Award Winner by AppleVis, which showcases the best accessible iOS apps.
“Envision was born from our desire to empower blind and visually impaired people with greater independence and access to the visual world, including things many of us take for granted, like reading text from a book, newspaper, magazine, computer, tablet or smartphone screen, perusing a product label, opening and reading a handwritten card or letter from a loved one, or running a business meeting without the need for assistance,” said Karthik Mahadevan, CEO and co-founder of Envision. “Envision Glasses integrate our proprietary AI-assistive software with high quality, lightweight, enterprise-grade Google Glass to offer the most robust and cost-effective vision aid technology solution on the market today.”
How Envision Glasses Work.
Envision’s software uses artificial intelligence to extract information from images and then speaks the images out loud so the user has a greater understanding of the environment around him or her. Blind and low-vision users can ‘see’ to read documents at home or work, view labels while shopping, easily recognize their friends, find personal belongings at home, use public transport, video call anyone in real time, and more.
Envision Glasses combine an abundance of ‘Read, Find, Identify and Call’ functionality and exclusive features with the fastest, most accurate OCR (Optical Character Recognition) available to truly help users ‘see’ the world around them through the spoken word. Envision’s AI-assistive software is capable of recognizing text and scripts in more than 60 languages, providing the largest language bank available on the market. Envision’s Batch Scan functionality allows users to scan more than one document at a time, and all text can easily be exported to the Envision app’s library. Additional Features and Tech Specifications:
“The overwhelming volume of positive reviews and feedback we’ve received from beta testers and customers who pre-ordered during our early bird program is equal parts validating and heartwarming,” added Envision co-founder, Karthik Kannan. “Customer comments like ‘this kind of freedom is invaluable, especially when you’re outside and have a cane or a guide dog in a hand already’ or “this is a game-changer for me and my independence” are what motivates and drives the entire Envision team. We’re delighted to bring Envision Glasses to market and empower blind and visually impaired people worldwide with greater independence and a hands-free, easy way to ‘see’ the world around them through the spoken word.”
Envision is an award-winning AI-assistive technology company that uses AI-powered software to extract different types of information from images and speaks them out loud, enabling blind and low-vision users to read documents at work, recognize their friends, find personal belongings at home, use public transportation, and more -- all fully independently. Envision’s AI-assistive software can read all kinds of text in more than 60 languages, recognize faces, describe scenes, detect colors, find objects, and so much more. Envision’s software is available for use in two different ways: on assistive smart glasses as embedded, hands-free technology, and as an iOS and Android smartphone app.
Founded in late 2017, Envision is a privately held company located in The Hague in the Netherlands. Read our blog, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or learn more at https://www.letsenvision.com/.