Microsoft is working with Novartis to create an application that can be used by the visually impaired or blind to describe scenes captures by the camera of a smartphone audibly and thereby improve the independence of users.
The Viaopta Hello app is available in preview for iOS, Android and Windows and features:
- Uses Cognitive services and Microsoft latest image analysis technology to identify people, items and scene.
- The mobile app uses the Smartphones camera to take pictures of objects or people and then uses the back-end cognitive services to provide a description.
- The desktop app can provide a description of the content of pictures from any available document library, and if the picture contains a known contact, the app will identify them by name.
- ViaOpta Hello is available in twelve languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian and Hungarian.
See a video demonstrating the app below:
Find the download links for the preview app at Novartis’s website here.