Microsoft launches iPhone app that narrates the world for blind people

Microsoft launches iPhone app that narrates the world for blind people

The app essentially narrates the world for the visually impaired and is based on the company's Artificial Intelligence efforts.

To use the app, the user must point their phone's camera, select a channel and then hear a description of what the phone's camera sees.

Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize.

The app is available in the U.S., Canada, India, New Zealand and Hong Kong. As well as recognizing people it's seen before and guessing strangers' age and emotion, it can identify household products by scanning barcodes. Pointing it at a product's bar code will have the app describing what it is, and even provide additional information about how to use it. The app is even capable of scanning and reading documents as well as recognizing USA dollar bills.

The app is now available in just six countries: The US, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore - however, Microsoft says that the app will be available in other countries soon.

The app can be used in conjunction with social media apps, such as Facebook, to describe images.

There's the expected and useful currency reader and barcode scanner, but the environment and people recognition abilities offer a new, potentially game-changing experience. The app shows off Microsoft's current capabilities in AI, while also addressing a group that the technology industry too often ignores.

Another great thing about the Seeing AI app is that most of its basic functions are made on the device itself. The first experimental feature is scene descriptions.

Microsoft said Seeing AI demonstrates how technology can make the world more inclusive, and we couldn't agree more.

Images in other apps - Just tap "Share" and "Recognize with Seeing AI" to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.



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