Major advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research on Blindness now helps blind people see the world around them.
How The Seeing AI App Works
Microsoft recently released their Seeing AI Blindless App. The user points their smartphone’s camera at an object and the App reads out what it’s seeing. Point the camera at a person and it identifies if it’s someone you know. Moreover, it describes basic characteristics such as gender, mood, and activity.
Seeing App Contents
The App has six “channels,” 1. products, 2.person, 3. short text, 4. currency, 5. documents, and 6. scene. The user selects from the menu and the App describes it.
For example, the products channel will find the product UPC barcode and then call out what the product is. The computer vision algorithms run on the Cloud and are able to quickly process large amounts of data.