Be My Eyes App Helps the Blind See With Words


People rely heavily on their eyes to navigate through everyday situations, so what happens when your vision is severely impaired? Technology is working hard to solve many problems, including the best way to help the blind and visually impaired. A new app called Be My Eyes allows those who cannot see with their eyes, to see their surroundings with words.

With the Be My Eyes app, users direct their camera at a room or object that they need to see, and a volunteer sees a live video feed of what the user’s camera picks up. So if a visually impaired person needs to know the expiration date on a milk carton, find their way to an exit, or solve some other problem, they can get help from a volunteer, who will help them “see” what they need to see via a detailed description.

Would-be volunteers can sign up, create a profile, and start helping people right away. Volunteers earn points and get promoted to new levels, as they help more people. The volunteer network also serves as a social community of good samaritans. Meanwhile, those who are visually impaired get easy access to people who truly want to help.

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SOURCE: Digital Trends
Malarie Gokey

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