Blind football: these mini cameras that come to the aid of Bondy players

“That’s great! It will change our daily life! ” On the occasion of the launch of the 2nd season of the Bondy cécifoot club (BCC) this Wednesday at the Roger-Salengro gymnasium, Chris, one of the players of the team, is delighted to receive from the hands of its president Jean-François Chevalier a mini camera like no other. This, equipped with artificial intelligence, is installed on a branch of a pair of glasses and it allows the blind to read a book, bus signs, recognize and register a face and objects or even detect barcodes in stores.

“We are not just a club intended to compete, we are there to best help our licensees (including 25 visually impaired) who live with a disability, says the president of the BCC. We made available to 10 of our visually impaired licensees this object which can give eyes to a blind person. ” The purchase of 10 mini cameras at € 4,700 each was made possible thanks to the generosity of a sponsor of the club and a reduction offered by the OrCam company which designed the product. This company has also financed the purchase of a Paralympic field which will be operational in October. “It was not easy to choose the 10 beneficiaries among our licensees, insists Jean-François Chevalier. The investment, punctuality, seriousness and consistency in training made all the difference. But we want 100% of our visually impaired licensees to benefit from this tool in the coming years. “

“Our match bonus to us is the OrCam tool”, slips Martin Baron, member of the France blind football team

The players are obviously enthusiastic, like Martin Baron (33), a member of the France team who will participate in the Paralympic tournament in Tokyo next year. “Our match bonus is the OrCam tool and we will have to justify all that by winning matches, laughs this computer engineer. The mini camera will help me with actions in my daily life such as reading RER or bus signs. ” After receiving the mini cameras, the players embarked on a demonstration of their sport in front of dozens of Bondynois, including the world champion and double Olympic judo medalist Audrey Tcheuméo. “As a Bondynoise but especially as a human being, I am happy to see a great initiative in our very sporty city,” she confides. It is not easy to live with a disability on a daily basis. Today, we see them all happy. I love it, it’s great! ” Arrived only in the early evening due to a dental intervention during the day, the sponsor of the BBC, international striker Jonathan Ikoné, absolutely wanted to mark his presence for the launch of the new season and this gift offered to 10 licensees. “It’s amazing what technology can do now. This tool will make their everyday lives easier, I’m happy for them, ”proclaims the Lille player.

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