countrymen, lend me your eyes
Danish innovator Hans Jørgen Wiberg occasionally phoned a friend when he needed help to look at something. He would use the Facetime app on the iPhone to point at the object he needed help with and his sighted friend at the other end would look at it, and in a few seconds, tell him what he needed to know but couldn't see for himself. Did this match?, was this the right can?, was this food still good?, etc. but not read my credit card or help me cross the road.
Soon, Hans realised that he was asking the same group of people the same questions over and again and decided to ease their burden, widen the pool and socialise the concept by creating a smartphone app and a web service that would connect willing volunteers to visually impaired people who wanted a bit of help.
After a couple of years of development and local testing in Denmark, where the app garnered 675 volunteers and 150 visually impaired users, Hans launched Be My Eyes
, localized into 10 languages, onto an unsuspecting worldwide public on 2015/01/15. In less than a month the open source not for profit app has helped over 10,000 users nearly 30,000 times and is now home to over 100,000 volunteers.How can I help Be My Eyes?First of all we need sighted helpers. If you have an iPhone 4s or newer, you can download the app or if you have an Android you can be notified when it's available. Volunteering for Be My Eyes is easy and unbinding. You can also help us translate the app to more languagesHow do you ensure that the system won't get misused?By the end of each session there will be an opportunity to rate or report misuse, both for the helper and the user. People who misuse the system will be excluded from the network.Will you make a version for other operating systems?There is an Android version underway. You can register here to be notifiedIf you want to make a Be My Eyes client for another platform check out our GitHub repository and get in touch on Twitter.More here: http://goo.gl/wpf0Ms
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