Microsoft's 'Seeing AI' app was introduced for people with vision impairments as a tool that leverages artificial intelligence to narrate one's surroundings. Since its launch earlier this year, Microsoft has updated the app with computer vision to include a range of new features, including the ability to recognize and narrate both handwriting and documents.
This feature, no longer restricted to short blocks of printed text, means that those with vision impairments will be able to better experience the world around them.
Along with the new features for handwriting recognition and document reading, Microsoft's Seeing AI app now also boasts the ability to recognize colors and different kinds of currencies. The app now also has a "musical light detecor" that makes it easy to tell if a lightbulb has been switched off.