BeMyEyes: Helping the Blind See

Be My Eyes is a revolutionary app connecting blind users with sighted volunteers over live video chat. Using the camera on a smartphone device, the blind person can then ask questions about an object or situation that they need help identifying. Users can log in with email and/or FaceBook account, with an option to be logged in as a sighted or blind person. To prevent abuse, users who sign up as blind are required to use VoiceOver. Once logged in, the app asks for permission to access the User’s camera and microphone. The app then connects the blind person to the first available volunteer. Helpers provide assistance with identification of location/places, colors and objects at home and workplace, street signs, etc. BeMyEyes is a free app available at the iTune Store for both OS and Android, in English and 8 European languages.