Microsoft today released an iOS app called Seeing AI which uses AI (artificial intelligence) to help the visually impaired. The AI helps the app recognize people, surroundings, and the real-life objects around them.
Users can download the app, and point their smartphone at a person, object, or a real world scene. Seeing AI can also recognize products when the smartphone is pointed at one. All the AI jobs take place right inside the user’s smartphone.
The app is currently available on the iOS App Store in the US. Currently, the company hasn’t revealed any plans for an Android app or availability of the iOS app in other countries.
Seeing AI can identify people and their emotions. So one can get a sense of what the other person is feeling It can help identify products, scan barcodes, and even determine currency notes in the US.
The app could change lives for the visually impaired. It’s quite evident that the app would need more customized variants for it to be made available in other countries.
Seeing AI app can also recognize a user’s handwriting or find out about a person’s surroundings, but that needs an internet connection. However, most tasks are carried out on the user’s device itself, making everything work much quicker.
The app could certainly be quite useful in emerging countries like India. Smartphone adoption is off the charts and more people are now able to use mobile broadband thanks to lower costs. It appears that Microsoft may bring the app to other countries after a good round of public tests in the US.