App that hugely supports visually impaired people

photo: IBNLIVE
photo: IBNLIVE

The mobile technology has really made its stand out position in the human life. For People with physical disabilities, the new inventions in smartphone business have proved to become a supporting tool. “Be My Eyes” is a new mobile application that will improve the life of visually impaired people. It uses cameras and generous guides to help accomplish day-to-day activities.

According to CTV news, the app pairs the visually-impaired with sighted people who help them with a number of tasks, such as counting money, choosing an outfit or browsing the web. “Most people who are visually-impaired are getting really excited because they are discovering that it’s really not that difficult to browse the web and communicate via e-mail anymore, thanks to this technology,” Jeffrey Berman, a specialist with the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, US, was quoted as saying.

The app is currently available at Apple’s app store. The app uses the cameras on a visually-impaired user’s smartphone to show the sighted person what is in front of them. The sighted person then describes in detail the object or product in question to the visually impaired person over the phone.

So far, there are 230,000 sighted people helping 19,000 visually-impaired users through the app. “We just need more people to volunteer as sighted guides, then it could be an incredible app,” Berman added.

Rapid progress in mobile application usages could actually become boon for the human lives that will in turn minimize the problems and difficulties.

About Abhinaya Ghimire

Abhinaya Ghimire is a tech savvy person who loves keeping information about ICT and media. Graduated from Kathmandu University in Bachelor of Media Stuides, he is equally involved in making short films, documentaries and also has his own photo blog

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