This App Identifies and Describes Photos to the Visually Impaired

By: Katherine Pendrill - Sep 11, 2015
References: aipoly & psfk
Students at Singularity University developed an app that identifies and describes photos for the visually impaired. For those who are blind or suffer from a significant degree of vision loss, using a smartphone is not necessarily an easy task. This app makes mobile technology more accessible and more useful for those with visual impairments.

The app is called 'Aipoly' and essentially acts as a intelligent assistant for the visually impaired. When a user snaps a picture with their smartphone, the image is automatically analyzed by Aipoly's servers. The app then identifies and describes the photo to the user by relying on text-to-speech technology. The mobile platform can be used to help the visually impaired identify anything around them and better orient themselves in a given area.

The app gives the visually impaired a greater degree of independence and ultimately helps to improve their overall quality of life.