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Monday 02 September 2019

An app called ‘Be my eyes’ created a way for people who are blind or suffer from low-vision to complete everyday tasks that they wouldn’t be able to on their own. Now they’ve expanded to help with business too.

The app is available on both Android and IOS. It is designed so people who suffer from various eye conditions like cataracts, AMD and glaucoma, can access the help they need.

The person who requires help accesses the app and it connects to volunteers through a live video call using the rear-facing camera. They then supply visual assistance.

The developers of the app have made it free to coincide with their vision to help those who need it. They have also added key algorithms that connect the user to a volunteer, based on their time zone and language spoken.

Here are some common examples of how people use Be My Eyes:

  1. Finding lost or dropped items

  2. Describing pictures, paintings or other pieces of artwork

  3. Matching or describing colours

  4. Reading labels

  5. Fixing computer issues

  6. Shopping for groceries

  7. Identifying the expiration date on food products

  8. Familiarising yourself with new surroundings or navigating in a new place

  9. Distinguishing between different items

  10. Determining public transportation arrivals and departures

Sources:

  1. BemyEyes.

  2. RNIB.

Labels:

Sight News, Glaucoma, AMD

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