Eyra seeks testers for Horus device for blind and visually impaired

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A Milan-based company that specialises in combining deep learning, machine vision and wearable technology is looking for participants to test its Horus device for the blind and visually impaired.

Trials of Horus have already started with the Italian Union of Blind and Partially Sighted People but Eyra Ltd is now looking for other individuals and organisations who are willing to feed back on their overall experience of using the device.

Those who sign up to the early access program will have the opportunity to buy Horus before its public release with a significant discount as well as other benefits.

We wanted to launch the Horus Early Access Program with the same spirit as our past product development – co-creation is critical. There’s no better way to create a revolutionary, life-changing technology than to collaborate with the very people who are going to use it every day. Seeing the faces of people who try Horus for the first time is what drives our passion and proof that we’re making a real difference in their lives.

Said Saverio Murgia, CEO and co-founder of Eyra.

Horus, named after the ancient Egyptian god and often symbolised by the all-seeing eye, is a wearable headband that uses two cameras to scan the user’s surroundings and a state-of-the-art NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor to transform the visual information it collects into verbal messages. The real-time messages are then relayed to the wearer using bone conduction instead of going through the ear canal, so he or she can hear in different environments. The battery and GPU are housed in a box that’s roughly the size of a smartphone.

Horus is expected to be available by January 2017, with applications from English-speaking candidates in other countries to be considered later in the year. Current supported languages include English, Italian and Japanese.

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