From AppleVis Unlimited: What’s New and Noteworthy for July 2018
Seeing AI (iOS, Free)
Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.
Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:
Short Text – Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.
Documents – Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.
Products – Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available. (works with iPhone 6 and later)
People – Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
Scenes (early preview) – Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
Currency – Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11)
Color – Identifies color.
Handwriting – Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards
Light – Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings.
Images in other apps – Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.
Photo browsing experience – Describes photos on your phone
Current Version: 2.3 (July 21, 2018)
Changes in Version 2.3
Seeing AI now lets you browse photos on your phone, including hearing descriptions of the objects, people, text, and location. We appreciate your early feedback as we continue to develop this feature. Select “Browse Photos” from the menu.
Optimized performance when recognizing photos shared from other apps.
Now available in 18 new countries, bringing availability to 70 countries: Albania, Ghana, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Macedonia, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.