New App Lets You Lend Your Eyes To The Blind
A new app lets you — yes, you — help the blind see.
Copenhagen-based app Be My Eyes, which launched on Thursday, connects blind people and sighted people through their iPhones and iPads. Here’s how it works: If you’re blind, you can sign up for the service and reach out to sighted users through a live video connection on the app. Once connected, blind users can ask sighted users questions over video chat. If you’re sighted, you can sign up to help blind users.
If you’re a sighted user and you get a request, it will come through your phone as a push notification with a ringing sound. If you tap the notification, you’ll be connected and a video will pop up, showing whatever the blind user is filming. You’ll also be able to hear him or her speak and ask a question.
Sighted users might be asked to help navigate a new place, read a sign or label, or help in some other way. One example of how someone might use the app is to help distinguish between two cans of food: