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Category: Autonomy

Be my eyes

Autonomy

This app is the simplest and most effective way to obtain visual assistance in real time and at any moment. Its interface is very simple and the app is useful for any degree of visual impairment that requires assistance from one of the volunteers who may be connected around the world and in their own language. This involves videoconferencing in which the user shows the volunteer the situation for which they require help and receives a live spoken response. It may be used to obtain information about packaging but also to obtain assistance in situations like finding something on the floor, finding the door of a building etc.

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Be My Eyes is a way of connecting the blind or the visually impaired with sighted volunteers to help them live a more independent life. Users can request assistance from a sighted volunteer, who will receive a notification. As soon as the request is accepted, a live audio and video connection between both parties will be set up. From then on, the volunteer can help the blind or visually impaired person through the video connection in the rear camera to resolve any situation that requires sight.

Taptapsee

Autonomy

TapTapSee is one of the apps that the severely visually impaired have used for some years to obtain visual information about any element. This app is free and it works really easily: just by taking a photo of anything we would like to see, it provides information about the object in question almost instantaneously to help us find out those details that we may not see with a simple viewing. The app’s interface may be used by those who are not used to apps as the buttons are labelled clearly and the information about the photos taken is always spoken aloud.

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TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and the visually impaired identify objects that are hard to check, such as packaging, tins, the colour of a garment etc. Simply touch the screen twice to take a photo of any object, at any angle, wait a few seconds and the app will identify it. (Note: spoken identification requires Voice Over to be activated).

Digit-Eyes

Autonomy

Digit-Eyes is one of highest-rated apps for reading QR codes or barcodes aimed at the visually impaired. Its visual accessibility is acceptable and it is simple and intuitive; which makes it useful for those with varying technological skills. In addition, the possibility of creating personalised labels or using washable labels can mean that with the assistance of a friend or relative, the visually impaired can organise their belongings, books or documents etc. using recognisable text or audio messages.

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Digit-Eyes is a robust app that reads barcode labels, enabling the visually-impaired to scan UPC/EAN codes and recognise over 34 million products on its database. Barcode labels can also be made using the Digit-Eyes website and printing them using low-cost shipping labels. These codes can contain text that Voice Over reads aloud or be used to make sound recordings that will be heard each time the code is scanned with the iPhone.

MD evReader

Autonomy

This app is aimed specifically at those with macular degeneration, who still can use their sight to read. It greatly helps those who know the technique of eccentric viewing but this method of training vision and practising should be known before using the app. The fact that it has such a simple interface, customizable configuration and audio usage instructions available make it easy to use and if the user has a monitor or a TV they can take advantage of the advantages of this app and read comfortably through a large screen.

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The MD evReader is a simple iPad app designed to help people with Macular Degeneration (MD) to read e-books when it is combined with the technique of “eccentric viewing”. Eccentric vision is when a person attempts to see by making use of their peripheral visual skills instead of the central ones (macular). The app enables the text (of e-pub documents) to be presented horizontally, from right to left, through the screen. The speed and the direction of the text movement may be controlled using a monitoring panel on the iPad screen. The text may be enlarged and presented in very large fonts on a digital screen through an HDMI port (this requires an Apple HDMI adaptor). The reader must fix their gaze in their preferred position of eccentric vision, far from the text, and read the text without moving their eyes. At present, the app cannot show books that are DRM-protected.

Seeing AI

Autonomy

This app is aimed at any person who is visually impaired. It is a multi-purpose app as different tasks may be performed that require the use of the camera (reading a document, scanning products or recognising a face) in the same app and its interface is totally accessible with or without a screen reader and is really intuitive. The fact that the app belongs to a research project that has not concluded makes it interesting because there are sure to be new possibilities added as the research progresses.

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Seeing Al is a free app that describes the world that surrounds you. Designed for the community of people who are blind or have low vision, this research project in progress takes advantage of the power of Artificial Intelligence to open up the visual world and describe the people, texts and objects nearby. Optimised to be used with Voice Over, the app enables you to recognise:

  • Short text: it speaks text as soon as it appears before the camera.
  • Documents: it provides an audio guide to make a screen shot of a printed page, and recognises the text, together with its original format.
  • Products: it scans barcodes, using audio sounds to guide it; hear the name and the packet information when it is available. (works with iPhone 6 and subsequent versions)
  • People: it enables people to save faces so that they can recognise them and obtain an idea of their age, gender and emotions.
  • Scenes (expected preview): hear a general description of the scene in the screen shot.
  • Money: it recognises banknotes. (Requires iOS 11)
  • Colour: it identifies colour.
  • Handwriting: it reads handwritten text as in greetings cards
  • Light: it generates an audible tone that corresponds to the brightness of the setting.
  • Images in other applications: just touch “Share” and “Trigger Face Recognition” to describe images of email, photos, Twitter etc. The app is designed to help you to achieve more by taking advantage of the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, it will possible to add more channels.

Seeing assistant

Autonomy

Seeing Assistant Home possesses apps that those with severe visual impairment often use. These include a detector of light, colours, fast reading of QR codes and barcodes etc. It is simple to operate; its interface is intuitive and, above all, all the utilities are in the same place. However, it should be taken into account that the reading of colours from a camera is never precise, due to light refraction. This app is recommended for people who have at least a little knowledge of digital devices. (Note: personalised labels cannot be saved, only barcodes of databases available online can be read.

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The aim is to support the blind and the visually impaired in their daily life in a simple manner. This app enables blind users to recognise colours and detect light sources. In addition, the visually impaired will be able to use the electronic magnifier. It can also read and create barcodes and QR codes. These can be used to mark and organise objects.

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