Microsoft launches AI app for visually impaired

Microsoft has launched a free app called Seeing AI to help those who are visually impaired

Microsoft has launched a free app called Seeing AI to help those who are visually impaired

The app is powered by artificial intelligence which runs locally on the phone to identify people and products.

In a video demonstrating the app's abilities, the app described a young woman with glasses by saying: '28-year-old female, wearing glasses, looking happy'.

The Seeing AI app is able to do all of these using artificial intelligence. There is no word yet on whether the app will come to Android, Windows 10 Mobile or other countries, or when that might happen.

Read text quickly. Hear short amounts of text instantly and get audio guidance to capture full documents.

Another useful feature here is that the Seeing AI app can also scan/read documents and read signs for users.

People - Saves people's faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions. As all dollar bills are the same size and color regardless of value, spotting the difference can be hard or even impossible for the visually impaired.

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The project was demonstrated a year ago by Saqib Shaikh, a Microsoft software engineer working on the Seeing AI project.

The app can be used in conjunction with social media apps, such as Facebook, to describe images. The app shows off Microsoft's current capabilities in AI, while also addressing a group that the technology industry too often ignores.

From a user's perspective, the app is tremendously simple to use; there's very little that needs to be done before Seeing AI can begin describing the space around you.

Seeing AI joins a small group of apps created to help visually impaired people.

According to The Verge, the app operates using neural networks - a computer system modeled on the human brain and nervous system.

Another great thing about the Seeing AI app is that most of its basic functions are made on the device itself.

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