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    Novel iPhone app guides the blind via video calling

    Denmark—With just a swift click of an iPhone button, sighted people can now lend their eyes to the blind.

    Created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, the Be My Eyes app utilizes the iPhone’s video calling capability to allow sighted volunteers to lend their eyesight to a blind person who needs assistance.

    Further reading: How iPhone may replace slit lamp photos

    According to the app’s website, “Be My Eyes makes life easier for the blind by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app. This allows the blind to handle big and small tasks, while sighted get the joy of helping someone else in a easy and informal way.”

    The app has already recruited 87,571 sighted volunteers around the world to help the nearly 6,600 blind individuals who have signed up for the assistance.

    According to the New York Daily News, the app works by first launching a video chat whenever it is activated. The blind person then points the phone’s camera to the problem and the volunteer can guide them verbally.

    Rose Schneider Krivich
    Rose is the content specialist for Medical Economics.

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