An innovative device to assist visually impaired persons in Cameroon to easily read and recognise objects has been presented in Yaounde.
“My Eye”, the device was presented on Wednesday May 23 by the Embassy of Israel in Cameroon, at the Centre of the Disabled and Motor Impaired, Prohandicam.
Discrete, portable and intuitive, “My Eye 2.0” is a device can be used by children, adults as well as the elderly persons and has been tested in several countries, the Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy, Simon Seroussi said.
On his part, the Israeli Ambassador in Cameroon, Ran Gidor, said the presentation of “My Eye” falls in line with the Embassy’s drive to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, improve education and ensure no one is left behind-including the visually impaired.
“What we exposed and shared today with our Cameroonian friends and partners is a technology produced by an Israeli start-up company called OrCam that incorporates all our three priorities. It will allow visually impaired and blind people to be almost completely independent and make progress in society and education, so it serves our three top priorities,”Israeli Ambassador Ran Gido said.
However, the Ambassador said the device is still expensive the world over given that it is a technological innovation but hoped the product will soon be available with an expected drop in prices but called institutions like health facilities to get pieces of the equipment to help their patients.
“In the first period, we encourage institutions like clinics, hospitals, universities, colleges, schools, to acquire one or two of these devices and share amongst their patients, students and scholars in order to inspire everyone to try and make progress, hopefully in a year or two, ordinary people will also be able to buy for themselves,” the Ambassador said.
One of the first beneficiaries of “My Eye 2.0” is Dr. Charly Ringnyu Nyugap, the University of Buea’s first visually-impaired PHD holder.