SBIR and STTR Success Story for
The Blindsight Corporation

(Information Posted/Updated on 01/23/2013)

The Blindsight Corporation
2030 Addison Street, Suite 250
Berkeley, CA  94704

Contact:    Mark Nitzberg
Phone:      510-698-2030
Web Site:

Project Title:  Text Detective
Related Award(s):  R44 EY020707
Technology Developed:
One key technology is Text Detective, a smartphone app that finds and reads printed text in near real time in any image snapped by the phone. Recognition rates are state of the art, while the computational efficiency is the highest of all solutions in this class.

Key Words:  computer vision, text detection, iOS, Android, blind, low vision, text reader.
Uses of Technology/Products/Service:
Currently, the technology is deployed as an iOS app. It is used on a daily basis by blind users to read mail and other printed material.

Benefit to Company:
Our target population, people who are blind or have low vision, tends to be overlooked by venture investors, so the SBIR program has been essential to the development of this technology and the resulting products.

How Product Was Commercialized:
The technology is being commercialized through sales of mobile apps, and through sales of SDK licenses.