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Aipoly Vision finally lands on the App Store to help the visually impaired

According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people around the world are visually impaired. Of those, 39 million are blind, and 246 million have low vision.

Apple mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, already come with accessibility features like VoiceOver and inverted colors to help the visually impaired make the most of the latest technology. Aipoly wants to go a step further.

After almost five months of being available for Android, the Mountain View-based company today launched Vision for iOS to “help the blind, visually impaired and color blind understand their surroundings.”

Available for free in the App Store, Vision puts “artificial intelligence in your pocket that understands and identifies objects.”

Vision will need permission to access your camera to work. The app can either recognise objects or colours in the proximity; in the case of the former, point the phone to an object and tap the orange button in the center of the screen to hear the name. The latter recognises up to 954 colours automatically and provides audible feedback.

Vision needs the ringer toggle on to offer voice descriptions and gets mixed up on more than one occasion. At one point the app thought a mirror was a refrigerator, although it didn’t have trouble identifying my iPad.

Aipoly says Vision is “a young technology that improves over time thanks to your help” and explains in a small disclaimer that you shouldn’t use the app as a medical piece of software or a substitute for a canine or human assistant.

Still, Vision is an interesting app that we think has potential. The app is available for iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air and above, and iPad mini 2 or later. What do you think of Aipoly Vision?

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