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Be My Eyes

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eyesWould you like to do some good in the world, but want to start small? Do you feel the need to volunteer, but have only a limited or unpredictable schedule? Well, have I got the app for you!

This is Be My Eyes, a Copenhagen-based non-profit that offers a free app enabling visually impaired people to enlist the aid of their sighted counterparts via smartphone. As long as you are sighted (and can read), and have a cell phone camera and a few free minutes, you can be of service to someone who needs a little help. It all came from an idea posed in a Ted Talk by Hans Jørgen Wiberg.

It’s a really genius idea. There are volunteers around the world in more than 150 countries, who speak and read more than 180 different languages, so the service is actually available 24 hours a day. Even those who are housebound or have other physical challenges can volunteer.

“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.” – Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder of Be My Eyes

Here are a few common tasks people are being asked to help out with using Be My Eyes:

  1. Reading street signs
  2. Helping map new routes to stores, home, services, school, work
  3. Familiarizing someone with new places like hotel rooms
  4. Navigating public transportation, reading posted maps and schedules
  5. Finding lost or dropped items
  6. Reading books, magazines, and websites when braille versions or accessible websites are not available
  7. Reading setup or error message screens on electronics, home networks, and cell phones
  8. Describing pictures, paintings, and artwork
  9. Helping choose colors for decor, matching clothing
  10. Shopping
  11. Identifying household products
  12. Identifying expiration dates on perishable food

You can download the app on the not-for-profit’s website, and you can follow their work on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

9 thoughts on “Be My Eyes

  1. This sounds iteresting…will take time later to check it out.

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  2. Pingback: Reblog: Be My Eyes — My OBT | The Pink Herald's Blog

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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