"The app Be My Eyes, developed by a new Danish non-profit 'startup', connects people who are blind and sighted people through their iPhones and iPads."
Be My Eyes may have solved a problem that potentially could make life a bit easier for blind people all over the World, and may have made a tiny revolution in the world of volunteering
Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind.
A new app helps you 'lend' your eyes to a person with vision disability and answer their questions over video chat to help them navigate or read a sign.
Be My Eyes makes life easier for people who are blind or have low vision, by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app.
This allows people with vision disabilities to handle big and small tasks, while sighted get the joy of helping someone else in a easy and informal way.
Through the app people who are blind or have low vision can connect with a sighted helper by pointing their phone camera at an object, which displays on the volunteer's camera.The sighted helper can then tell a person with vision disability what it is that they're pointing at.
The app Be My Eyes, developed by a new Danish non-profit 'startup', connects people who are blind and sighted people through their iPhones and iPads.
The app's founder, Hans Jorgen Wiberg, who is a person with vision disability himself, said he hopes "that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of people who are blind all over the world."
Since the app was launched on January 13, it has assisted people over 2,600 people on more than 5,400 occasions, according to the Be My Eyes website.
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