MySmartEye app crowdsources vision for people who are visually impaired
6:33 PM, Aug 28, 2013
11:19 PM, Aug 28, 2013
(WXYZ) - An app called MySmartEye is crowdsourcing sight for the visually impaired and YOU can help.
The app connects visually impaired users with volunteers who use their sight to help the user connect with the environment around them.
The users of MySmartEye follow voice commands and double tap their smartphone to take a photo. The picture is then sent to a volunteer in real time. The volunteers are alerted to the picture by a simple notification and then describe what they see by typing information in a text message-type box.
That text is then read back to that visually impaired user. One of the examples in the app's promotional video shows a user taking a picture of oranges at a grocery store, the volunteer then told them they looked fresh.
Once a user has heard enough responses, they can choose to close the thread by swiping three times on their phone.
This micro volunteering fuses network technology with volunteer opportunities, showing that in this day and age, it doesn't take much to make a difference.
A communications representative from StarHub, the company that created the app idea, tells me that more than 400 micro volunteers have registered and that about 30 visually impaired users are currently testing it out.
MySmartEye is available both for Android smartphones and iPhone.
"We believe in the strength of altruism in humanity, that in spite of our busy schedules, we still want to help others in need. With MySmartEye, anyone can help the visually impaired in mere seconds anytime, anywhere," said StarHub Head of Personal Solutions Mr Chan Kin Hung in a press release.