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Artificial vision device gives Daniel greater independence

Daniel Staunton

Magnetic Island resident Daniel Staunton says he is living a more independent life after he secured additional National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding to purchase an Orcam – a wearable assistive technology device, which reads text, recognises faces and identifies products.

The 28-year-old, who has low vision, epilepsy, diabetes, and who is in remission after a brain tumour, said the Orcam device has built-in facial recognition, which he loves. “The Orcam looks like an ordinary pair of glasses,” Daniel said. “They are just clear lenses but in the arm there’s a built in camera so when someone stands in front of me, and they say who they are, I can take a photo. Then when they stand in front of me again, it tells me who they are.”

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Daniel said he also uses the Orcam to take images of any text he directs the device to and it will read it out to him. “One of my support workers is teaching me to cook so when I need to read a recipe, I can flick to the page and it reads it to me,” he said. Daniel’s mum Cheryl said state-of-the-art assistive technology has certainly been “lifechanging” for her son, who before sat at home seven days a week, watching Simpson’s DVD’s.

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