Microsoft’s Seeing AI app targeted at users from UK and Australia

By: George Finley
2 minute read

Just recently, Microsoft addressed the needs of users who suffer from visual impairment by launching a brand new app called Seeing AI that will change the lives of those in the blind and visually impaired community.

The app will use the power of AI to describe nearby people, objects, and text as blind/vision-impaired users hold their phones up to hear data about the world around them.

Seeing AI’s impressive features

Seeing AI can also locate and recognize the faces of an approximate age of the people users are with, identify facial characteristics, approximate age, and emotions and more.

Until now, the application was only available for users in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and New Zealand.

Current availability of the app

Microsoft decided to expand the availability of this app for visually impaired users who live in Australia and in the UK as well. The company stated that according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, there are over two million people in the UK who are currently living with visual impairment.

Almost half of the blind and partially sighted people feel moderately or completely cut off from the rest of the world and the people around them. With the expansion of this new app’s availability in more countries, Microsoft did a fantastic thing. The company should maybe also consider releasing the app for Android devices as well considering that there are lots of Android users.

According to statistics, less than 20% of smartphone users residing in Europe own an iOS device, meaning that Microsoft’s app will not reach the majority of the people who would tremendously benefit from it.

The Seeing AI app can be found in the App Store for download.

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