Making a big difference in someone’s life can be as easy as pulling out your smart phone for a few minutes every day. Really! A not-for-profit app makes life easier for those with vision problems by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app. Be My Eyes allows the blind to handle big and small tasks, while sighted volunteers get the joy of helping someone else in an easy and informal way at their convenience.
Be My Eyes harnesses the power of technology and generosity to connect visually impaired users with sighted volunteers through a live video connection. Volunteers lend their eyes to assist visually impaired users with a wide range of tasks, both large and small. For example:
- Matching colors and clothing
- Distinguishing between household or kitchen products; cans, cleaning products, shampoo, etc.
- Determining departure or arrival of public transportation
- Navigating in unfamiliar surroundings
The app is available for Android and Apple products to connect more visually impaired users with volunteers’ smartphones. The Be My Eyes community is growing with more than 38,000 blind or visually impaired users and more than 550,000 sighted volunteers from all over the world.
This video demonstrates how Be My Eyes works.
Want to learn more about lending your eyes and stay connected with this awesome app? Be My Eyes is on Twitter and Facebook. Plus you should check out the website at http://www.bemyeyes.org/. Please consider following me on Twitter too.