Help is calling you, pick up the phoneMonday 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:
Finding lost or dropped items
Describing pictures, paintings or other pieces of artwork
Matching or describing colours
Fixing computer issues
Shopping for groceries
Identifying the expiration date on food products
Familiarising yourself with new surroundings or navigating in a new place
Distinguishing between different items
Determining public transportation arrivals and departures
Labels:Sight News, Glaucoma, AMD
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