Submitted By: Cathy McAdam
Okay, it’s actually an app, and it’s not the first app that allows people who are blind or low vision to take pictures, but I think it may be the coolest! It’s TapTapSee and it’s free!
As the name suggests, to take a picture, you simply double tap on the screen. The picture is then sent over TapTapSee’s server, where it is processed, given a tag, and sent back to the user with an auditory description of what the picture is. It has a very simple interface and it’s very detailed. Just like in the iTunes review, it told me that my service dog is a yellow lab.
Below is my photo! So how’d I do? (Click on the title of this article to submit a comment.)
I do think you should always have choices so you might want to try VizWiz and oMoby (both free), which also work for identifying objects. Additionally, the oMoby app offers an option to scan barcodes.
In terms of paid apps, for $19.99, Digit-Eyes offers barcode scanning that can tell you the full product name and often and full description, ingredients or usage instructions. Using Digit-Eyes, inexpensive off-the-shelf office supplies and a standard inkjet or laser printer, you can also record audio labels or make text labels that are read aloud by your phone. The interactive tutorial included with Digit-Eyes is very good.
For more information about apps these apps and more, visit AppleVis iOS Apps Developed Specifically for the Blind or People with Low Vision
Scanning apps are more difficult for those of us who are totally blind as focusing is an issue and object recognition is a good option. More about barcode scanning in a future blog.
In the meantime, have fun exploring!Tweet