BeSpecular is the best way to do a good deed so that even when you have a busy schedule, you can help someone who’s blind. As a blind/visually impaired person, you can ask text/voice questions and receive quick replies that are friendly and helpful.
Do you want to help/volunteer in your community, but you don’t have the time?
Helping your community should be simple, convenient, and fun.
Now you can help someone who’s blind by using your Smartphone. You can spend a few seconds listening to the question, look at the picture(s), and reply with a friendly voice note or text message.
Are you blind or visually impaired & need that extra little bit of help?
You should be able to conveniently ask your questions and know that someone who’s sighted will happily and quickly be able to help.
Now you’re able to personalize your questions to find out exactly what you’re looking for. You can upload or take photos and ask with a voice/text message. You’ll receive as many friendly and helpful replies as you need.
BeSpecular puts you in touch with a visually impaired person who need’s assistance with the visual recognition of a picture, or if you are a visually impaired person yourself, allows you to get help with recognising pictures. The unique selling point of this app is that it allows you to ask specific questions rather than just getting a ball park description of what you are snapping, so for instance you could ask how to cook a meal by taking a picture of the package and asking for the relevant information for example microwave or oven cook. The app has many other uses besides and questions can be asked using a textual message or voice recording. Anyone can sign up to volunteer to serve as an assistant to users of this app and the replies received are friendly, understandable and helpful in this author’s experience.
This app is simple and easy to use. Simply load the app, sign up as either a visually impaired or sighted app user and follow the instructions. This author is a visually impaired user, so the experience of taking a picture and sending it to the community is their soul experience of using this app. I found taking a picture simple and straight forward and was then given the option of either recording a message to send with the picture or writing a textual note describing the information I was requesting. Within moments I received a friendly and helpful reply, describing how to prepare and cook a frozen meal I had photographed. This app has a lot of potential, providing it maintains enough interest however this concept has been tried before with VizWiz which sadly no longer operates.
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