While Apple’s iPhone has a variety of accessibility options, one thing it does lack is that while it might tell users how to navigate the phone, that’s pretty much where it ends. Of course we expect it’s not really Apple’s job to describe the world to the visually impaired, and that’s where handy apps like MySmartEye comes in. It was developed by the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped and StarHub, a local carrier. Basically what the app does is that it relies on what they called “microvolunteers”. To see the world around them, all the user has to do is snap a photo, upload it to a gallery, and these microvolunteers basically help to describe the photos as detailed as possible. The description is then read back to the user via the app’s text-to-speech feature.
It is definitely a pretty awesome idea although given that it will rely on volunteers to keep it active, descriptions of photos might not necessarily be instant and could take minutes, hours, or even days before your photo is processed, but we suppose the more volunteers there are, the faster the process should be. The app is free for download and if you’re interested in checking it out or helping out, hit up the iTunes App Store for the details.