Microsoft Launches 'Seeing AI' Talking Camera App for the Blind [Video]

Microsoft Launches 'Seeing AI' Talking Camera App for the Blind [Video]

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Microsoft has launched 'Seeing AI' a new talking camera app for the blind.

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text, and objects.

“I really do think this app will be a game changer for many as it’s just simple to use,” said Jenine Stanley, who is legally blind and reviews apps and technology for Main Menu, the American Council of the Blind’s tech radio show.



Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:
• Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.
• Documents - Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.
• Products - Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available.
• People - Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
• Scenes (early preview) - Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
• Images in other apps - Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.

Availability:
Available in the U.S., Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore. Coming soon to more countries.

The app is supported on the iPhone 5C, 5S and later; however, you'll see the best performance with iPhone 6S and later models.

You can download Seeing AI from the App Store for free.

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Microsoft Launches 'Seeing AI' Talking Camera App for the Blind [Video]Microsoft Launches 'Seeing AI' Talking Camera App for the Blind [Video]
Lemon46 - July 14, 2017 at 12:39am
Microsoft has taken a very positive direction under it's new leadership. When I see apps like this one can only applaud them. A free app that helps those with vision handicaps is an act of kindness and presence of morality that has been so overlooked by so many but MicroSoft has stepped up it's game. I can only hope others follow for example Apple which is literally the greediest most arrogant self serving company on planet earth. Funny how things have flip flopped in such a few years.
Jack Black - July 14, 2017 at 1:31am
People said the same thing about Microsoft when translation programs was hitting the mainstream news many years. People praised Apple (among other manufacturers) for including options for assistive options in popular hardware (to include Microsoft). This is very awesome by Microsoft and I hope the trend follows. The self serving attitudes of the self-serving however, need not apply.
D4xM4Nx - July 13, 2017 at 7:22am
One of the most important purposes of technology is including everyone regardless of handicaps in order to improve daily life, to make it easier, to help them be on par with any challenges they may face. Nice job there.
Victor Ibañez - July 12, 2017 at 11:32pm
Why only those countries ? Universal release !
dreambreaker - July 12, 2017 at 3:44pm
Their are AR glasses that actually help them see. Nevermind the cost, bit when it's a thing, it will be a huge advantage over this.
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