Microsoft uses artificial intelligence for the greater good with the Seeing AI app, which describes the world for the visually impaired

Microsoft uses artificial intelligence for the greater good with the Seeing AI app, which describes the world for the visually impaired

If you regularly read my texts, you must have seen me make frequent comments about the use of extremely promising technologies, such as artificial intelligence, for absolutely futile purposes, such as an application that transforms selfies in figurines and, don't get me wrong, the world also needs lightness and just fun things. The problem when the the whole world comes down to it and nothing socially relevant actually appears.

Well, today I will completely change my speech, because the application that we will now talk about is a classic and admirable example of technology serving humanity and complementing its limitations in the best possible way. And he comes, guess what, from Microsoft. This the Seeing AI:


Seeing AI app icon

The newest app to come out of Redmond's (extremely fruitful) Artificial Intelligence division, as it is defined, a “talking camera for blind people”. That is, the visually impaired can point the camera of their iPhones to a series of elements and obtain audio descriptions of what is being seen. It is possible to capture information from street signs, products (through its bar codes), small texts or documents Seeing AI even helps the user to position the camera in the best possible way for capture.

The most impressive part, however, is that the app also recognizes people and their facial expressions so it is possible to “save” the people with whom the user lives so that they are recognized immediately and get approximate information about the person's age, gender and emotions just by data captured on your face. Finally, Seeing AI still has a feature, in the initial preview, that describes entire scenes captured by the camera, as well as images presented in other applications, just touch the option “Recognize with Seeing AI” (“Recognize with Seeing AI”) in the share menu.

Seeing AI, for now, is only available in some countries Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand and Singapore and supports English only. Microsoft's promise, however, to take technology as quickly as possible to other countries and languages ​​so that all users are covered quickly.

The application is available for free on the American App Store, and is compatible with iPhones running iOS 10 or higher. Nice work, guys!

via 9to5Mac