After coming across the truly ground breaking application for smart phones, we couldn't not blog about it - it could revolutionise providing aid and support to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or partially sighted - and for free. Please see the introduction video below for more details:
So what is 'Be My Eyes' for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Be My Eyes makes life easier for people with a visual impairment by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app. This allows people with a visual impairment to handle big and small tasks, while the sighted get the joy of helping someone in need in an easy and informal way.
For you, it only takes a minute to choose the right can from the shelf, look at the expiration date on the milk or find the right thing to eat in the fridge. For the visually impaired, small domestic tasks are big challenges. Be My Eyes is changing that!
Be My Eyes is the first app on the market, which allows people with a visual impairment to get in contact with sighted helpers via a direct video call. The system is built as a shuffle-call system that forwards the call until answered, establishing a connection to the first available helper.
Here is a couple of key questions answered about 'Be My Eyes'
What is Be My Eyes good for?
I know what you’re thinking – blind people are so badass, they don’t need help! And it’s true! They navigate entire cities on their own, blind! But even though blind people often have four supersonic senses left, they’re not Sherlock Holmes, and they need help once in a while! Be My Eyes provides that help.
How do I get started?
Find and download the app from the Apple's app store, follow the instructions in the app to create a profile and add the languages you speak. Then you should be ready to call or receive a call. It is important to note, that you don't need to have the app open or in the background in order to receive a call.
For more answers to frequently asked questions about the 'Be My Eyes' app please visit their FAQ's page here: http://www.bemyeyes.org/faq/