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Microsoft Launches iPhone App for Low Vision Community: Seeing AI

Microsoft Launches iPhone App for Low Vision Community: Seeing AI

The app is powered by artificial intelligence which runs locally on the phone to identify people and products.

What's particularly impressive about the app is the breadth of things it can describe. Otherwise, all you have to do to start identifying things is select from one of five different categories (the app calls them "channels") to help the app understand what type of object it needs to identify. However, there's no word yet on when it'll come to Android or other countries.

Read text quickly. Hear short amounts of text instantly and get audio guidance to capture full documents. However, Seeing AI's experimental features - like describing an entire scene or recognizing hand-writing - require a connection to the cloud. Similarly, when reading documents to users, Seeing AI will provide spoken hints to ensure that all corners of the paper are properly captured. To that end, the software giant reorganized its AI efforts past year, with the formation of the Microsoft AI and Research Group.

Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize: • Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera. It's available as a free download.

For example, Microsoft brought its SQL Server database software to Linux, and it has ported Office apps to the iPad.

Are you visually impaired? The app shows off Microsoft's current capabilities in AI, while also addressing a group that the technology industry too often ignores.

Microsoft also said it will be developing a set of design guidelines for AI-infused features in products to ensure a greater degree of transparency and to emphasize ethics.

Microsoft is putting its artificial intelligence technology to work to help the visually impaired.


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