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Be My Eyes App
That is the essential premise of the Be My Eyes app. Created by Hans Wiberg, who happens to be visually impaired, the Be My Eyes app is a way for the visually impaired to get help without necessarily “asking” for it. If you constantly ask a person for help, like a neighbor, for example, the person may grow tired. But with the Be My Eyes app, helpers voluntarily sign up because they truly want to help.
So how exactly does the app work? Users are divided into two groups, “helpers” and the visually impaired. When a blind user needs help, he or she opens the app, the rear-facing camera is activated and they are connected to a helper. The app notifies helpers until someone picks up. Helpers are not obligated to answer, so, in a sense, they are on-call.
The app has been tested, with relative success, in Denmark for some time. Tasks are usually simple, such as identifying things within the home. While helpers are not offered incentives, they can accrue points from providing assistance. The significance of these points is yet unclear.
The Be My Eyes app is being offered for free and is only available on iOS for now. However, it is said an Android app is in the works. The app is nonprofit and was funded by a $300,000 donation, but Wiberg predicts the need for more donations to maintain its free service.
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