Revolutionary App Brings Sight to the Blind With the Help of Over a Million Kind Souls
Health| | By Brad Kallet
On Jan. 15, 2015, a mobile application called Be My Eyes, which helps bring sight to the blind, was launched. Not four years later, the revolutionary free app boasts 1.5 million volunteers and serves over 92,000 visually impaired individuals, with those figures continuing to rise at a remarkable rate. Volunteers are available in more than 150 countries and can speak more than 180 languages.
How’s that for impact and growth?
Be My Eyes connects those who are visually impaired with volunteers from across the globe. By looking through blind people’s cameras, volunteers are able to assist them with everyday tasks, from checking expiration dates to helping with directions to narrating major life moments. Visually impaired users simply request assistance on the app, and they’re connected to a volunteer less than a minute later.
“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,” said Be My Eyes founder Hans Jørgen Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself.
In the video below, check out what the app looks like and get a feel for how it’s used. Don’t forget to SHARE this story on Facebook and spread the word about Be My Eyes.