HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Despite technological advances that an help the visually-impaired get where they need to be and remain independent, there are still times when they can use a helping hand, or in this case, eye.
Enter "Be My Eyes," an app that connects the blind to volunteer helpers around the world.
The app's website explains how it works: whether it's a simple request to help read labels on cans to organize a pantry or navigating unfamiliar territory, the person requests assistance via the iOS app (an Android version is in the planning stages). iOS devices are popular because of the 'VoiceOver' feature which enables those with visual impairments with synthetic speech and touch-based operation.
Volunteers register with Be My Eyes, and when needed, their device will notify them, and when accepted, a video connection is established. The blind person then points their device, and the volunteer helps describe and guide the person through the task.
"It is my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world," writes founder Hans Wiberg.
Experienced users help new registrants. There is a reporting system in cases of misuse.
If you would like to utilize the app or volunteer your services, click here to download Be My Eyes.