AI Microsoft Provides ‘Eyes’ to Blind


We have already read about the artificial intelligence a lot and now it appears that it has craze in the tech world. The Research AI division of Microsoft released the virtual guide for the blind, ‘Seeing AI’.

AI Microsoft Provides ‘Eyes’ to Blind

AI Microsoft Provides ‘Eyes’ to Blind

Purpose of Seeing AI

If you add the word ‘describing’ to the name of the app, it is sufficiently to describe the function. The app ‘sees’ the world around it and it can describe to the user.

The app accesses to the camera of the smart phone and it is used to examine the environment of the user. It also assists the users by telling them if the person is in front of them. It also describes the emotional state to the user. The app is also used to identify the common products with barcodes. It will help the users to locate it by emitting the short beeps and gives the description of the product, if it is available.

How it Works

The app is based on the concept of the artificial neural networks. The tech industry is copying the neural network system of the human brain and it forms the basis of the artificial intelligence as part of the app.

This is the kind of ‘think on its own’ to the extent and it means that let say the image of dog abd it is shown to the program with the label, ‘hotdog’ and other animals are shown with the labels ‘not a hotdog’.

The program will be able to identify the images it is shown from that point and it is consisted of the hotdog or not.


The app was presented at the Build conference of Microsoft last year. The developers have been hard at work and since 12 July of this year, the app is provided for free on iOS platform. This app is available in the select countries this time like Canada, US, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Another thing of the significance is that the app does not require the internet connection at all time. But the web is required for some complex features like description of entire scene.


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