Technology is very beneficial to us, especially those that are privileged to have sight. Somebody has come to the rescue of the visually impaired persons by developing a helpful phone app. The Be My Eyes app enables visually impaired people to video call sighted volunteers to help them with information.
This app at the Tech4Good awards, won a technology award last week amid growing interest in businesses that support vulnerable groups. The Danish developing company allows about 87,000 people who have downloaded the free app to request assistance in situations where vision is needed from 1.5 million volunteers.
In reference to firms that aim at achieving social change and making a profit at the same time. This was according to Mark Walker, of AbilityNet, an organization that seeks to make the digital world more user-friendly for people with disabilities to better their lives.
“Because of the sustainability component, many judges are biased towards social enterprise. Charities are always dependent on the next grant,” added Walker who also was the organizer of the event. Judges in the eight-year-old Tech4Good awards included telecoms giant BT, Lloyds Banking Group and the technology company Microsoft Corp.
A visually impaired Be My Eyes founder, Hans Jorgen Wiberg, started the business in 2015 after a blind friend told him that he video called his family and friends to help him with everyday tasks, such as reading labels while cooking.
“This is just like a Swiss army knife that can help you read papers or help you catch the right bus,” said Alexander Jensen, community director for Be My Eyes. The app is now available in 150 countries and in 180 languages.
According to the World Health Organization, about 253 million people live with vision impairment globally, and these numbers could triple as populations grow and age. Jensen speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation mentioned that the company wanted everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay, to be able to use Be My Eyes app.
The acts of kindness that we do each day go a long way. It’s time to use that innovative talent to help someone that dearly need it. The same way technology is being used to address social challenges, you can do the same. Volunteer today.#Rewordit