May 17, 2022

A New Microsoft iOS App (Free) Designed For Low Vision Community Uses AI and Camera to “Narrate the World Around You”

From Microsoft

Seeing AI, a free app that narrates the world around you, is available now to iOS customers in the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.

Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Because this is still a research project, there are some abilities that we consider “experimental.” One of those is the Scene channel, which uses AI to describe the photo you capture so that you have a better idea of your surrounding environment.

From the Seeing AI Website:

A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects.

What Does Seeing AI Offer?

Short Text

Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.


Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.


Gives audio beeps to help locate barcodes and then scans them to identify products


Recognizes friends and describes people around you, including their emotions


An experimental feature to describe the scene around you


Identify currency bills when paying with cash. (Coming soon)

Download App via iTunes App Store (Free)


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Download app, point your camera at any math problem or algebraic equation. Within a second you’ll have the answer. It even shows the steps used to solve the equation.  

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An image recognition app.

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