AYES is a company that uses artificial intelligence to create software that assists blind and visually impaired users on their walks. The first version of their app, OKO, is now live in the Benelux.
OKO uses artificial intelligence to recognise the pedestrian traffic light, or pead head. We bring the walk or don’t walk information back to the user through audio and haptic cues. OKO is closely co-developed by blind and visually impaired users, making the application very accessible and easy to use.
The user simply takes out the phone at an intersection hold the phone at chest level and points the camera towards the direction of the traffic light. If the traffic light is in sight of the camera our app will recognize the pedestrian traffic light if one is present. Our blind and visually impaired testers have found out that it is quite intuitive to point the phone in the correct direction because the app is very fast. This ensures that the app starts making sound the moment the traffic light is in sight of the camera. Currently the application is only on iOS but the company AYES behind OKO is also developing an android version.
OKO is available to download in the US since February 2023! You can check out the www.ayes.ai site to stay updated with updates but also which regions we start expanding into.
Later more functionalities will be added, you can always use the contact button in the application to request new functionalities.
You can download the app today by searching for ‘OKO by AYES’ in the App Store