Be My Eyes now on Android

Post date: 
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Photo of Be My Eyes app open on Samsung phone

A free mobile app that connects blind and partially sighted people to sighted volunteers for visual support is now available on Android.

Be My Eyes links a blind or partially sighted person to a sighted volunteer. When the sighted volunteer accepts a call, a live audio-visual connection is established. The person with sight loss can then point their smartphone’s camera at something and the sighted volunteer can describe what they see.
 
Users of the app can get help with a range of everyday tasks such as reading food labels or navigating new surroundings.
 

Get it on Google Play

 
The creators have issued guidance on how to use the app and also warns users to never reveal personal or banking details to any of the volunteers.
 
The app has been available on iPhones since 2015. The creators claim it has been used by almost 40,000 people with sight loss and more than 500,000 volunteers have downloaded the app.
 

How does it work? 

  • A blind or partially sighted person requests assistance in the Be My Eyes app.
  • The volunteer receives a notification for help and a live video connection is established. 
  • From the live video, the volunteer can help the blind or partially sighted person by answering their question.
  • Most calls are answered within 45 seconds.
  • Assistance is available 24 hours a day.
 
Source: http://bemyeyes.com/
 

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