Be My Eyes - helping blind see, an iPhone app which aims to connect blind users in need of assistance with sighted volunteers via video-conferencing, will be launching worldwide on January 15, 2015.
According to the Be My Eyes website, the app works as follows:
- A blind user opens the Be My Eyes app and requests assistance. Provided examples of assistance requests include determining the expiration date of milk and crossing a street.
- A volunteer receives the assistance request, and a live video conference is established.
- Once a video connection is established, the volunteer answers the question or provides the assistance requested.
"We have been working for more that two years to make Be My Eyes a reality and we're now ready to really put Be My Eyes out there for the world to see on the 15th of January and making a difference for a lot of blind people," wrote the developers on the Be My Eyes Thunderclap page.
The Thunderclap page goes on to list more information about the app:
Be My Eyes is an iPhone app that allows blind people to get in contact with a network of sighted volunteers who, through a live video connection, can assist them with tasks that requires a pair of eyes. It’s non-profit and our goal with Be My Eyes is to create a community all about contributing to and benefiting from small acts of kindness. We have reached our first milestone by launching in Denmark and are now ready to make Be My Eyes available everywhere! Real blind people use our app to get help with anything from adjusting the thermostat to sorting the mail - it such a gratifying experience.
While we weren't immediately able to find specific information about possible pricing for the app, the Be My Eyes FAQ page indicates that a subscription model and/or donations are being considered as possible sources of funding in the future. We were also unable to find any information on what devices and iOS versions the app officially supports, although the FAQ page did indicate that volunteers could participate in the program if they had an iPhone 4S or later running iOS 7.