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The following information is provided courtesy of Metro Blind Sport.

Steve Saunders (ESAB Aids and Equipment Officer) would be happy to advise if you have any questions. Steve’s email address is:  

 Seeing AI App – Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft’s Seeing AI app for visually impaired people released in the UK

 The free program uses artificial intelligence to recognise objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes them to the user.

 Seeing AI, an ongoing research project from Microsoft, is designed to help people with vision impairments complete everyday tasks and offer new levels of independence.

The program lets users recognise:

• Text – speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera

• Documents – provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting

• Products – scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available

• People – allows users to saves friends’ faces in their contact list so they can be recognized later

• Scenes (early preview) – hear an overall description of the scene captured

• Images in other apps – just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from emails, photos, Twitter and more.

 The app is now available for iOS devices in the UK, Ireland. For more information:



 Alexa for Christmas? or not sure what to do with it in the New Year!.

 Did you know you can get fitter by enabling my workouts skill. Alexa will give you a series of exercises lasting 30 seconds with some accompanying music. If you want her to describe the actions say help. This has been vigorously tested it by our members.

 What are you waiting for, give it a try. Say Alexa open my workouts and follow the verbal instructions.


 The best apps for people with a visual impairment

If you have a visual impairment, a smart phone can help you to be more independent. There are a vast number of apps but we have listed a few below which can help make a difference to everyday life. This information and guidance on apps for the visually impaired was provided by Henshaws. You can find more information at their Knowledge Village.


BeSpecular, @BeSpecular

 Description: “Let blind people see through your eyes” is their tagline and this app matches sighted volunteers with visually impaired users. The visually impaired person takes a photo of what he or she needs help with and attaches a voice message, which is sent to a community of volunteers (or sightlings as they call them). Within minutes, the user receives a reply and then rates out of five stars the helpfulness of the volunteer. This app is great because you get a description from a real human being, it’s very accessible and it’s quick.

 Available on: iOS and Android

 Cost: Free




Description: TapTapSee uses a phone’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them for the user. You double-tap the device’s screen to photograph any two or three dimensional object at any angle, and the app analyses the image and gives you a description, out loud, within seconds.

 Available on: iOS

Cost: Free



Digit – Eyes, @Digit_eyes

Description: Digit-Eyes reads manufacturer’s barcodes and tells you the product name. In some cases it will give you a full description, usage instructions and ingredients. You can also record your own audio labels or make text labels that are read aloud by your phone, so that you know the difference between a can of dog food and a can of soup!

Cost:Free version available with upgrade for £9.99



Station Alert UK

Description: Knowing where to get off the train is not easy when you have little or no vision – in fact many sighted people often miss their stop. The Station Alert UK app allows you to select your stations and save them as favourites. It will then alert you at whatever distance from the station you have selected, so you can sit back and relax.

 Available on: Only available on App store for  iOS devices

Cost: Free


For information on the other apps available click on the link -


 Disability Horizons

 Top assistive technology and apps for people with sight loss

 Have you recently lost your sight and want to know what technology is available to you or have you had a sight impairment the majority of your life and are interested in upgrading your devices? Our contributor, Emma Purcell, who is registered blind, takes us through some of the best assistive technology and apps around:-


• Liquid Level Indicator

• Talking microwave oven

• KNFB Reader app

• BlindSquare app

• Button app by Neatebox

• Braille Sense U2 portable notetaker

• Amazon Echo smart hub

For detailed information on each the above apps please click the link -



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