A mobile-phone application currently in the testing phase could help the visually impaired identify everyday objects. With SeeScan software, developed by iVisit of Santa Monica, CA, the user points the camera of a smart phone toward the object in question. Via image recognition technology, SeeScan within seconds identified the object is, then a voice announces the result.
The London-based Daily Mail reports that blind users testing the system have been able to identify "everything from a packet of crisps [what we Yanks call potato chips] to different bank notes."
To learn more about SeeScan and image recognition technology for the blind:
- read the Daily Mail article
- check out this video