Artificial Intelligence Is Helping The Blind To Recognize Objects

Can artificial intelligence help visually impaired people recognize objects around them and improve their quality of life? That’s the promise of two new apps. EyeSense, an iPad app developed in Egypt, has the ability to “learn” objects in its environment, having been trained by its users. A visually impaired person can point their device in the direction of where they think something might be—say, a coffee cup—and a voice will say that the app recognizes that object. “The key strength of the app is that it also recognizes basic facial expressions, like winks or smiles. This enhances human interaction,” says Joanna Marczak, a spokesperson for its developer, ID Labs. To train the app, you place things in front of the device’s camera at several angles, telling it about…


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