We are pleased to announce the winners of the eighth annual AppleVis Golden Apple Awards.
Since their launch in 2012, the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards have afforded blind and low vision users of Apple products the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and dedication which developers have put into making and maintaining great and accessible applications over the given year. The response of past nominees and winners to this recognition from blind and low vision users shows how winning an AppleVis Golden Apple has become a tremendous honor.
The 2019 AppleVis Golden Apple Awards consisted of awards for Best App and Best Game. Voting was held between December 9 and December 14, 2019. Voting was open to all blind and low vision users who are not employed by any of the shortlisted companies.
To be shortlisted for this year's Golden Apple Awards, apps must:
- Be fully accessible to blind and low vision users;
- Have been launched or significantly updated during 2019;
- Be from a developer with a strong, demonstrated commitment to full accessibility for all blind and low vision users; and
- Be best-in-class in terms of design, functionality, and operation.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the developers who were shortlisted for an award. Without exception, all of the shortlisted apps were worthy nominees - as demonstrated by the significant number of votes each received. All of the developers showed a strong commitment to improving the lives of blind and low vision users in 2019, and our appreciation for their efforts cannot be overstated.
Below are the winners of the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards of 2019:
Best App: Seeing AI
Beginning life as a research project to explore ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to enhance the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired, Seeing AI harnesses the power of AI to describe text, objects and people.
Launched to the public in 2017, Seeing AI has now won a Golden Apple in three consecutive years - demonstrating how much users value the tools that it offers.
In 2019, Seeing AI gained support for Siri Shortcuts, allowing users to launch a particular channel with an assignable command. Seeing AI also now allows a user to explore photos by touch; simply select "Explore Photo" from the Scene channel, photo browser, or when recognizing photos from other apps - and then move your finger around the screen to hear how recognized objects are arranged in the photo. Other changes and new features rolled-out in 2019 include the ability to customize the order of channels to match your use case and support for 5 additional languages.
From the App Store:
Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.
Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:
- Short 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. (works with iPhone 6 and later)
- People - Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
- Scenes (early preview) - Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
- Currency - Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11)
- Color - Identifies color.
- Handwriting - Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards
- Light - Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings.
- Images in other apps - Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.
- Photo browsing experience - Describes photos on your phone
Seeing AI is built to help you achieve more by leveraging the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, more channels may be added.
Best Game: Dice World
Dice World first won a Golden Apple in 2014, and it has been a constant favorite with the AppleVis community for even longer. In 2019, Dice World gained an all new look and feel; customization options; support for multitasking and split screen on iPad; and significant accessibility upgrades.
From the App Store:
6 great dice games in a friendly gaming community for everyone to enjoy!
As always it is completely accessible to the visually impaired, allowing EVERYONE to play on a level playing field! #everyoneplays!
Dice World is going viral around the globe! Join the fun and meet new people while playing great dice games!
Includes Farkle, Yatzy, Pig, Threes, Balut and 1-4-24! Easy tutorials for all games!
Play friends, play tournaments, play funny computer players, play online or off, play however and whenever you want. On YOUR schedule!
We would like to extend our congratulations to the winners of the 2019 AppleVis Golden Apple Awards. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous 2020.
The complete list of all apps shortlisted for the 2019 AppleVis Golden Apple Awards is available here; and here is the list of all past Golden Apple winners.