Microsoft has released a new iPhone app today called Seeing AI which relies on computer vision to describe the world to the visually impaired. The app is meant to make life easier for users who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. The app is powered by artificial intelligence which runs locally on the phone to identify people and products.

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When the app is open users just have to point the phone’s camera at the person and the app will not only tell them who that person is but also how they’re feeling. They can point it at a product and the app will tell them what that is.

Microsoft first showed off a prototype of this app at its Build conference in March last year. Folks in the United States can download this app for the iPhone starting today. It’s available as a free download.

Not only can Seeing AI recognize people that it has seen people, it can even guess the age and emotion of strangers. The barcode-scanning ability enables it to identify common items. The app is even capable of scanning and reading documents as well as recognizing US dollar bills.

Microsoft is yet to confirm when this app is going to be released in other countries. It hasn’t said if and when the Android version is going to be out.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Apps and Microsoft. Source: microsoft

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