App Spotlight – Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an amazing app that connects blind or low-vision persons with sighted volunteers who offer virtual assistance through the app’s video call. There are currently over 2,000,000 volunteers registered through the app.

Video demonstration of Be My Eyes

How it works

When a blind or low-vision person needs assistance, they simply open the app and initiate a live video call.

The call goes out to several volunteers at the one time and a notification appears on the volunteers smartphone. The first volunteer to respond is connected to the person requesting help.

The blind or low-vision person simply asks the volunteer for their help and points their phone at what they need help with. Once the task is finished, both parties can disconnect.

Common uses for Be My Eyes

There are lots of reasons a blind or low-vision may use the Be My Eyes app. Here are some examples:

  1. Finding dropped items
  2. Describing pictures or paintings
  3. Matching or explaining colors
  4. Reading labels on products
  5. Reading the best before dates on food

Where to get the app

The app is available to download for both Apple or Android devices. Simply visit the app store and search for “Be My Eyes” or click the links above.

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