Envision Voice-Enables Google Glass for the Blind

Envision, providers of an iOS and Android smartphone app that enables blind and visually impaired people to independently access visual information around them, announced plans today to integrate its artificial intelligence-powered software into Google Glass.

Envision's software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to extract information from images and then speaks the images out loud so users better understand the environment around them. Envision's optical character recognition software can read any type of text from any surface (e.g., food packaging, posters, computer display screens, QR and barcodes, handwritten text, etc.), recognize faces, describe scenes, detect colors, find objects, read complex documents and letters, and more. It can recognize text and scripts in more than 60 languages.

"Working with Google Glass' technical specifications and build quality has been ideal for our development needs," said Karthik Kannan, co-founder of Envision, in a statement. "The level of support we've received from the Google Glass team has enabled us to replicate the fantastic user experience of the Envision app and deliver it in a seamless way that empowers blind and visually impaired people worldwide with a hands-free, easy way to see the world around them through the spoken word."

"We're excited Envision is using Glass Enterprise Edition to help people more easily access the visual information around them and get things done," said Melvin Chua, head of partnerships at Google Glass.

Envision's AI-powered smart glasses will retail for $2,099.

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