Be My Eyes helps those with vision problems "see"

Be My Eyes helps those with vision problems
By My Eyes is an iOS app that gives those with impaired vision a chance to "see" what is front of them. With the app, the vision impaired person sends a live video of an object that he wants identified. Or, the live video can contain pages or other text that needs to be read. Either way, the images are sent to a person with sight who will explain what a specific object is, or read the pages sent via the live video.

Launched in Denmark by Danish developer Robocat, there are now 700 helpers willing to assist the blind. And by adding the app to the Apple App Store, there should be more exposure which should bring more helpers and more users. The app does offer a points system to help rate those assisting the blind. This way, practical jokers looking to do more harm than good, will get weeded out.

The app is a non-profit venture, and Robocat founder Willi Wu would like to see the app ripen in the App Store before he takes it to other platforms. If you're looking to do some good in the world, here is your opportunity to help those less fortunate than you.



source: BeMyEyes (iOS) via GigaOm

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6 Comments

1. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Really? Being a vision impaired person I think that if you can see well enough to work an iPhone you probably do not need this app.

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I don't think your truly visually impaired based on your comment. There is a difference between someone who has to wear glasses and someone who is defined as legally blind such as myself. And you don't need to see in order to use the iPhone as the iPhone has a very sophisticated text to speech engine and blind individuals (completely blond) prefer the iPhone over androids rts solution which explains why this severe is not available on android. This is an awesome idea as a person who is blind can be a little more independent and not have to rely on others. I have enough sight so I don't need a service like this, but I know a few people whom I will recommend they give this a try. Kudos to phonearena.com for sharing this type of news.

3. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I was born legally blind (< 20/200). While I have never used an iPhone in a sight impaired mode I imagine that it is limited. There are many things that I see on a phone screen that are not text. Having tried the accessibility mode on my Sony phone while it does work to some extent it is a very tedious process to navigate through objects on a screen and work efficiently. As for this service I guess I would have to see it in use to tell if I find it helpful.

4. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

20/200 with or without glasses or corrective lenses?

6. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Utilizing Apples built in Text To Speech engine. The program speaks aloud what your doing. The program also has special gestures for scrolling etc. Apple also excels in this area and thus the blind community generally prefer apple to Android.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

How would a blind person find the app to download it?

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