The waiting list allows you to be among the first people to buy Horus after its launch. Signing up is free and easy. Moreover, by signing up to the waiting list, you might be chosen for Horus’ Early Access program, to obtain the device before its official launch and contribute to its fine-tuning. Click here to subscribe the list.
Horus is composed of a wearable headset with cameras and a pocket unit. The cameras acquire images and send them to the pocket unit, where a powerful processor extracts information from them and describes them to the user through an audible message. Thanks to bone conduction technology, the headset allows the person to hear Horus without affecting his or her hearing.Horus can read printed texts, recognize faces and objects and notify the user of obstacles in his or her path.
Currently, Horus can work in Italian, English and Japanese. We are planning to quickly expand towards other European languages.
When its cameras detect a foreground object, Horus will automatically try to recognize it. If it's not in its database, pressing the triangle button will allow you to start the learning process. In this stage, you should rotate the object in front of the cameras. Then Horus will prompt you to record the object's name before adding it to its database.
When Horus detects a face, it notifies you with an audible cue. By pressing the round button Horus tells you if the face is known or not; then, by pressing the triangle button you can trigger the learning process. In this phase, Horus automatically acquires some pictures of the face while asking you to say the name of the person. At the end of this process, Horus has learned how to recognize the face.
In order to make Horus read a text, you can just bring it in the cameras’ field of view. Then, Horus will guide you to correctly frame it by generating audible cues. These sounds will come from the left or the right and will be high or low pitched according to the position of the object. Once the text is centered, Horus will start reading it automatically. While reading, Horus can be paused whenever you want. Alternatively, if you want Horus to try to read the whole image and not just a foreground object, just press the round button.
While in this application, Horus constantly scans the environment for obstacles. Every obstacle gets translated into sound, whose type depends on the obstacle’s position and distance. An obstacle far and to the left will create a slow paced sound coming from the left, while a close obstacle on the right will create a fast paced sound coming from the right.
In order to make Horus describe a picture, you can just bring it in the cameras’ field of view. Then, Horus will guide you to correctly frame it by generating audible cues. These sounds will come from the left or the right and will be high or low pitched according to the position of the object. Once the picture is centered, Horus will automatically describe it. Alternatively, if you want Horus to describe the whole image and not just a foreground object, just press the round button.
Horus can be used by both blind and visually impaired people. It is an independent electronic device that can be worn and removed at any time, without issues.
Common earphones contain a thin membrane that produces sound by generating air vibrations. Bone conduction headphones, instead, use an electromechanical transducer that plays the same role of our eardrum. It receives the sound signals, it transforms it into vibrations suitable to be propagated through the bone and, by being positioned adjacent to the middle and inner ear, it passes the vibrations on to the bones, and then the sound continues its regular route through the auditory system.
The sounds generated by Horus can be heard only by its user. Thanks to bone conduction, an audio technology widely used in sports, the sounds reach our inner ear not through air, but through the bones close to the ear.
Yes, but how it communicates with you depends on the hearing issue you are facing. If the condition involves the external ear, bone conduction will bypass it entirely. If this is not your case, we designed an interface to be connected directly to your hearing aid system.
The wearable headset only houses some lightweight sensors and the bone conduction system, while the pocket unit holds the processor and the battery. The two units are connected by a thin wire, and this allows the user to keep the pocket unit in a bag or in a pocket.
Horus is currently not for sale, depending on your country it will be available for purchase from our e-commerce platform during 2017 or 2018. If you are interested, subscribe to our waiting list. Click here to subscribe the waiting list.
As part of the Horus Early Access program, we are looking for participants to test the Horus wearable before its public release. The goal is for people to provide feedback on their overall experience to improve the Horus device. We accept applications from people and organization from around the world, at this time, however, priority is given to applications from Italy.
It depends on your country, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have more informations.
We are planning some demo days in different countries, if you are interested in hosting an event please contact us at email@example.com.
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Yes, thanks to the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth Horus can download new files and update autonomously.