New App Gives Eyes to the Blind

January 20, 2015
App Development,Tech News

New App Gives Eyes to the Blind

The medical world has yet to find a definitive cure for blindness, but the technological world has decided to lend a helping hand in the meantime with the launch of Be My Eyes last Thursday (15/01/15).

The app assists its users by connecting them with volunteers via the use of video conferencing, meaning said volunteers can provide help with day-to-day tasks which are difficult for the visually impaired – such as crossing the street and checking sell by dates on food items.

When the user requires assistance, they simply touch a button on the screen, a notification is then sent to volunteer who can choose to either ignore or answer the call. The service is only available between 7am and 10pm, so as not to disturb anyone during the night. So far, the app has almost 30,000 volunteers registered with 2,600 registered blind users and is available in 10 languages, with a further 21 to be added in the near future. Click REGISTER here to become a volunteer.

Blind crossing

The app is the brainchild of Danish entrepreneur Hans Jørgen Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself and expects to become fully blind eventually. The idea started to become a reality two years ago when Wiberg presented it at a technology conference in his native Denmark. The idea won the prize for the most innovative concept and caught the eye of Thelle Kristen, who then became Wiberg’s technological collaborator and co-founder of the company.

The app was funded by crowd-sourcing and took two years to create, eventually being launched last week. Wiberg said he was “quite overwhelmed” by the quick success of the app since its launch, with the service having been used over 5,400 times by more than 2,600 people in just 3 days.


“It’s my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world” – Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder of Be My Eyes

The one drawback faced by the app just now is that it currently exists solely for iOS. The Be My Eyes team has acknowledged that there are “a lot of potential users with Andriod and Windows phones out there”, but as of yet, they haven’t outlined any solid plan to make the app available on other platforms.

If you would like to volunteer as an assistant on the app, you can do so by simply downloading the app and registering as a volunteer. To find it out more about the work done by the team at Be My Eyes, visit the website HERE.

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