Computer Vision Reads Out Objects For The Blind

Computer Vision Reads Out Objects For The Blind
Design

The Aipoly app is designed to assist those visually impaired navigate and better interact with the world around them

Jiwon Kim
  • 1 may 2017

In a world that is disadvantageous to the blind, improvements in technology can make a world of difference. Aipoly is one such improvement. The app is designed specifically to help the visually impaired through its ability to recognize and vocalize objects in its physical vicinity. It works in conjunction with any smartphone’s camera function.

Users are able to take a picture that is immediately uploaded to the server, where it can be analyzed to provide an accurate description read out loud utilizing text-to-speech technology. This allow the visually impaired to recognize objects that they usually have difficulty with, such as signs and quickens the mental process of figuring out what exactly is in front of them. Aipoly has the ability to recognize over a thousand items immediately. Additionally, the app reads colors and can speak several languages.

“The power is in helping us construct the mental picture. And not everybody has the same skill at creating mental images,” says Steve Mahan, president of the Santa Clara Blind Centre.

Machine vision algorithms allow for this technology to work. Although initially there have been some inaccuracies in the technology, improvements over time have resulted in more reliable outputs. Currently, Aipoly is looking for beta users who will be able to provide constructive feedback to improve the app. With the numbers of smartphone users on the rise, the app hopes to make life easier for the visually impaired through accessibility.

Aipoly

In a world that is disadvantageous to the blind, improvements in technology can make a world of difference. Aipoly is one such improvement. The app is designed specifically to help the visually impaired through its ability to recognize and vocalize objects in its physical vicinity. It works in conjunction with any smartphone’s camera function.

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