I'm always amazed at how technology improves our everyday lives. From home computers, the internet, to smartphones and tablets, it feels like we're living in the future.
It's also been helpful for people who are vision and hearing impaired. Speech-to-text and text-to-speech technology, sound amplifiers, and even thought-controlled robotics are making great strides. Now, there's an award winning app helping blind people explore the world.
App helping the visually impaired
We're talking about an app called Aipoly Vision. It's designed to help people with visual impairment explore the world. The app has already won several awards including the CES 2017 Best of Innovation Award.
Aipoly is able to identify hundreds of objects right from the start, without any training, and can do so three times per second. You don't even need to snap pictures, the app will constantly see and think.
The app is able to learn even more things over time. It does so with the help of users who type descriptions of objects into the app. Over time, it acquires knowledge of new items and becomes "smarter." Watch this quick video for a brief demonstration:
Aipoly Vision is an object and color recognizer that helps the blind, visually impaired, and color blind better understand their surroundings. Simply point your smartphone at an object of interest and press any of the recognition buttons at the bottom of the screen to turn on the artificial intelligence (AI).
The app will keep running and recognize objects until you switch to a different mode, or toggle the recognition button. The app is free and available for both Apple and Android gadgets.
There is a premium version of the app that is able to recognize more objects than the basic plan. The premium edition costs $4.99 per month, after a free one-week trial.