Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Microsoft Launches 'Seeing AI' Talking Camera App for the Blind

Microsoft Launches 'Seeing AI' Talking Camera App for the Blind

We first saw a demo of Seeing AI at Microsoft's 2016 Build conference, but the app is now finally available to download in the United States on iOS. The app is now available in the US, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore, but will be coming to more countries.

With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone's camera at a person and it'll say who they are and how they're feeling; they can point it at a product and it'll tell them what it is. On top of that, it can quickly recognize and read short text snippets, as well as full documents and much more. Otherwise, all you have to do to start identifying things is select from one of five different categories (the app calls them "channels") to help the app understand what type of object it needs to identify.

The Seeing AI app is very simple to use.

Current features available on the iPhone include all the above, plus the option of scanning barcodes to identify what a product is; the app gives audio beeps to help the user find the barcode on the device, aiding in being independent.

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People - Saves people's faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.

For example, Microsoft brought its SQL Server database software to Linux, and it has ported Office apps to the iPad.

Microsoft has launched "Seeing AI" a new talking camera app for the blind. Under the leadership of Eric Horvitz, the new Microsoft Research AI program is created to bring together around 100 people who specialize in different technologies categorized under AI, instead of having them spread out in Microsoft AI and Research, which includes around 6,000 people, a Microsoft spokesman said.

Another useful feature here is that the Seeing AI app can also scan/read documents and read signs for users. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on an Android OS version of the app.

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