Supersense - AI for Blind

Last modified
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Description of App

Supersense is the smartest and simplest scanner app made for the blind and visually impaired users to read any text format, currency or product details from a barcode independently.

With the power of AI, Supersense automatically figures out what you are trying to scan, guides you on how to point the camera, and reads the content in the right format. Its unique design minimizes the time and frustrations of scanning and reading text for a blind and visually impaired user.

Full features of Supersense:

- Smart Scanner: The app automatically detects whether you are trying to quickly read a piece of text, a long document, a currency or a barcode.

- Smart Guidance: The app guides you on how to point the camera and finds the best angle to have the most accurate results

- Quick Read: Instantly read the text presented in front of the rear camera

- Document: Read longer documents with the assistance of smart guidance. Once the text has been recognized, use VoiceOver commands to navigate through the recognized text and share it to other apps.

- Currency: Recognize currencies and hear the value of a banknote

- Barcode: Scan barcodes to hear the name and brand of the products with additional information

- Object Explorer: Scan your physical environment and hear about the objects that are around.

- Import: Read and explore text from the photos in your camera roll. Also you can send them directly from any other apps with using "Supersense Image" tool in your share menu.

- Read History: Display your text recognition history in a single screen so you can navigate through the recently recognized text and share it to other apps

Most features work without an internet connection so that the blind or visually impaired user can use it in any situation. The app has full VoiceOver accessibility support and is available in multiple languages. Whenever you get stuck, you can always find our tutorial under Menu or request a call and we will reach you to give personal training on how to use Supersense.

Supersense is developed by Mediate, an MIT-spinoff AI start-up based in Boston. Mediate develops innovative computer vision systems with the support of the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This app is just the first step in our mission to develop groundbreaking AI solutions for people with visual disabilities. We have developed the app with principles of human-centered design and with the assistance of blind and visually impaired users. We also partnered with many organizations that help the blind and low vision community.

If you would like any assistance or help, please email us at We always love to hear ideas and feedback from the blind and visually impaired community.

Subscription Plans:

Supersense has limited access to all features. If you would like unlimited access, we have created subscription plans.

- Monthly Subscription: $4.99

- Yearly Subscription: $49.99

- Lifetime Subscription: $99.99

These subscription plans help us to continuously develop new features to provide immense value to the blind and the visually impaired.

If you choose to purchase a subscription, the payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. All subscription plans automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Auto-renew may be turned off by going to your iTunes Account Settings after purchase. The account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. If you don't choose to purchase a subscription plan, you can simply continue using designated Supersense features for free.

You can read our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy from here:

We hope you will enjoy your new super sense!


Free or Paid

Free With In-App Purchase

Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Very accessible and easy to use.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

This is a straightforward app to use. Just open the app and it is ready to scan for text, currency and barcode. Offers a single page scan and no batch or multiple document scan. It also offers a real time text scanning if you like to move around to grab certain text from your scan. Barcode can be recognized and read to you the barcode number on the product.

Pricing is competitive to Envision AI but it is convenience that it will automatically sense what you want to scan without having to change buttons or mode. There is a free 7-day trial that you can use to see if you would be happy to purchase from several subscriptions option.


9 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Missy Hoppe 3 months 3 weeks ago



Submitted by Missy Hoppe on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Perhaps it wasn't the smartest move in light of current circumstances, but I already bought the lifetime subscription for this app. My thinking is that it's great to have a variety of these apps because some will do better than others depending on the situation. I like that this one functions similarly to seeing AI; no need to press buttons or anything to have it start reading whatever the camera sees.

Submitted by Ekaj on Monday, April 6, 2020

I just downloaded it today and it seems to be very good. I have to see if I have any more iTunes gift cards because I think so. If I do I'm probably upgrading to one of the subscription plans once my trial expires. But I have Seeing AI and now this. I just downloaded Judy Dixon's "Getting Visual Assistance with an iPhone", and will get plenty of practice between her great book and these 2 apps.

Submitted by Prism on Friday, April 17, 2020

This app is great. it figures out what I want to scan, gives efficient scanning guidance, and reads it with the best accuracy I've ever seen in a scanning app. Great work, keep it up!

Submitted by Remy on Friday, April 17, 2020

I already have Envision AI which I found to be one of the best. This, Envision and Seeing AI all seem to do the same thing. THis one seems less complicated, but I don't really find either of the others complicated anyway. What makes this one better? Is it more accurate? Or is it just different? EIther way it's nice to have a new one.

Per my experience, it's definitely more accurate. I also have a lot of faith in the development team. They are really open to adding new features, and seem to be working toward making this app very universal to be able to scan all types of documents automatically.

Submitted by Siobhan on Friday, April 17, 2020

Hi all.. When this came out, I did a few tests. some of which were poor, I blame my acuracy. However when I tested a 20 which I knew was right, the recognition was terrible. I pointed this out politely and was assured it would be fixed. I don't think I'll ever get used to the idea of the subscription model. So I wish them well, but unless there was a major update I couldn't live without, I'd smile and keep reading. And if the currency reader was fixed, all the more power to them.

Submitted by Emily on Saturday, April 18, 2020

I really love how intuitive this app is and how great a job it does with reading text. This is definitely earned a permanent spot in my phone.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

This is in no way to criticize this app, but how does this differ from apps like TapTapSee, Seeing AI, Envision AI, Voice Dream Scanner, and other apps designed for this purpose?

Submitted by Troy on Monday, February 7, 2022

I just downloaded this app and so far I love it! I think it will be my go to app. It blows seeingAI out of the water! Wish I had this app earlier! The reason why I never got it was because I was under the impression it only worked on newer Iphones.