Get a free app and help a blind person!

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I love it when technology actually helps someone in a practical way. Or in this case, it helps a LOT of people, and we all have the opportunity to participate.

Be My Eyes

 

There are an estimated 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired. And there are 39 million people who are actually blind. For those of us who are fortunate to have good vision, it’s hard to imagine how it would be to navigate the world without sight.

Think about this. What if you were in a grocery store, shopping for the regular stuff you buy each week. As you walk down the bread aisle, you see a person who is obviously visually impaired who is having trouble figuring out which loaf of bread to buy. You offer to help. The person, holding two loaves of bread, asks which one is wheat and which is white. You point out which is which, and the purchase decision is easily made. This is something that took less than 30 seconds of your time, but was a big help.

Now there’s an app for your phone that enables you to help blind and visually impaired people, anywhere.

The app is called Be My Eyes, and it’s available for Android and iPhones. It uses the power of your phone to make a video call, and you lend your eyes to someone who needs them.

From the website:

For those who need assistance:

Be my eyes

For those who wish to volunteer:

Be My Eyes volunteer

Signing up as a volunteer is easy:

  • Get the app
  • agree to terms
  • designate yourself as blind or a volunteer
  • choose “I am new” (or “sign in”)
  • sign up to create account
  • choose language, give access to your phone’s microphone and camera
  • stand by for calls!

I’m still waiting for my first call for assistance but I’m looking forward to it! Here’s a video that also explains how it works:

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Robert Culp
August 5th, 2019

I am a 100% disabled Veteran. I would gladly help the blind from my iPhone if I can.