Technology still amazes me alongside the creativity and ideas that are behind it. Those who complain and try to resist technology must not be aware of the benefits and education it is creating for the world through community and communication. One of these apps is ‘Be my eyes’.
Created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg the app works through community in order to help the blind. Their website (http://www.bemyeyes.org) describes the app as:
‘About Be My Eyes
‘Be My Eyes makes life easier for the blind, by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app. This allows the blind to handle big and small tasks, while sighted get the joy of helping someone else in a easy and informal way.
It only takes a minute to choose the right tin can from the shelf, look at the expiration date on the milk or find the right thing to eat in the fridge – if you have full vision that is. For visual impaired individuals smaller tasks in their home can often become bigger challenges. Be My Eyes hopes to change that!
Through a direct video call the app gives blind people the opportunity to ask a sighted volunteer for help, for tasks that requires normal vision. The blind person “lends” the helper’s eyes all through his or her smartphone. The sighted helper is able to see and describe what the blind person is showing the sighted helper by filming with the video camera in the smartphone. That way, by working together they are able to solve the problem that the blind person is facing.’
Unfortunately this app is only available to Iphones due to video compatibility with android and windows phones currently unavailable and cutting out a large number of supporters. The website though had stated this though and hope to have it across all app markets in the future.
Be my eyes is a non-profit charity, one of many that show the technology world isn’t all money grabbing and game playing. Their advertisement is incredibly simple and effective with the image of one bearded man, eyes hidden from his Iphone to instead reveal a pair of women’s eyes. Maybe in the future these could be custom-made and printed for the customer to help funding and advertising of the product. The app itself looks incredibly stylish with an easy to use layout with a nice elegant blue and white colour scheme. You can tell how much care and hard work has gone into making this app.
Hopefully over time the app gains more backing and support (with initial funding ending in 2015 funding will be needed) because it really is a unique app. It is technology and community like this that help us to benefit the world and we can all be part of it. If you need help or wish to help then please take part, it’s a simple and easy way to make someone’s day that little bit easier.
To view ‘be my eyes’ website click here
To download the app click here