Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.
Be My Eyes was designed to help blind and low vision people live more independently. The app is used as a means to solve big and small life problems and queries.
One of our amazing content contributors uses the app here in South Africa and she recently helped a woman pick out the correct kind of stock cube for her dinner. A simple task that was easy to solve.
The app allows the blind or low vision user to connect to a volunteer via a video call, the volunteer then works to assist the person with their query. Volunteers usually help with simple tasks, companies can also join to help with specific brand queries and problems.
The app is used in over 150 countries and has just over 1.5 million volunteers to assist the blind and low vision users. It has 180 different language options too so anyone can connect with someone who will understand them.
There are many situations where a pair of friendly eyes can be helpful. Be My Eyes is used to solve a wide range of daily tasks, and people are always coming up with creative ways to use the app.
These tasks include finding lost or dropped items, describing pictures, paintings or other pieces of artwork, matching or explaining colours, reading labels on household products, shopping in supermarkets, identifying the expiration date on perishable food packages or distinguishing between food items.
You can find out how to download this helpful app here.