Smartphone App Could Replace Seeing Eye Dogs for the Visually Impaired

LONDON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — EYEBRIDGE ( ), a first-of-its-kind mobile app from EyeBridge Limited, will provide 27/4 on-demand remote visual assistance for people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. Within thirty seconds of opening the EYEBRIDGE app, a live operator connects to the customer and his or her smartphone’s rear-facing camera, ready to provide video assistance with everything from navigation and product identification to written word interpretation or device operation. As a blind EYEBRIDGE beta tester commented:  “I travel a lot and locating power outlets or figuring out climate controls in hotel rooms is often tricky, and EYEBRIDGE could be a very useful solution.”

The EYEBRIDGE app in development will be available on both Android and iOS platforms and connect via Wi-Fi and mobile networks. Individual customers and corporate employers will have a variety of subscription plans from which to choose starting from £19 ($29) per month for sixty minutes of remote visual assistance. EYEBRIDGE technology is also forward-thinking: the app is fully compatible with Google Glass, and will no doubt be adaptable to further advancements in wearable devices.

EyeBridge is a Silicon Roundabout start-up founded in 2014 to provide on-demand, remote visual assistance for blind and visually impaired customers via their mobile device. Using the EyeBridge platform customers can connect via mobile video with trained staff who can assist with tasks such as internal and external navigation, product identification and product operation. The WHO estimates there are 285 million blind people worldwide.

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