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distributed volunteer visual description for the blind - iphone app
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So this is an iphone app that will give people who are blind access to a network of volunteers who will describe what they see in a real time video feed from the iphone that the blind person is holding up in front of them.

For instance if a blind person needs to know what denomination the bills are that they get as change, they can hit a one button logon to WhatDoIsee.org and be connected to the volunteer visual describer who is highest rated by users of the service. The volunteer says, that is a ten, that is a five, those are 4 ones, ok, yes, how is it going, yes, um, hold the phone up... yes the bathroom is on the right, no wait dont take help from that person across the street because they look pretty shady... what? yes that looks like a van gogh, there is a room with a bed and chairs and the perspective is kind of distorted and the colors are kind of off... etc, etc.

JesusHChrist, Oct 16 2009

iPhone accessibility http://www.apple.co.../iphone/vision.html
[JesusHChrist, Oct 16 2009]

NYTimes article on T.V. Raman's work. http://www.nytimes....html?_r=2&th&emc=th
Amongst others, for a touchscreen dialing interface for the blind (that even sighted people would actually benefit from.) [jutta, Oct 16 2009]

Halfbakery: Reality Description Service Reality_20Description_20Service
Maybe this is what I was remembering. [jutta, Oct 16 2009]

iVisit SeeScan (prototype) http://storecrowd.c...object-recognition/
No call center, just object recognition & text-to-speech. [jutta, Oct 16 2009]


       Brilliant Idea. Some sort of weeding-out of 'seers' should take place, maybe by sighted people randomly asking stuff and rating the accuracy of the answers.   

       There is the plot of a horror movie right there: 'Uh... can you leave the room? Try not to run and make no noise. I'll tell you what i saw when you made it out....'
loonquawl, Oct 16 2009

       The phone could have just two buttons other than the activator, one to push for everytime he got good instructions or descriptions, and one he could push repeatedly as he rode the ambulance to the hospital.
Sparkyplugclean, Oct 16 2009

       This sounds awfully familiar. Have we been there before, or has someone done this?
jutta, Oct 16 2009

       This is baked at least for phone-usage purposes. I met a blind guy back in 2015 who used it. IIRC, they would describe what was onscreen to him so he could use his iPhone more effectively when apps weren't designed for accessibility.
notexactly, Dec 09 2019

       Would be useful for non-blind people.   

       Identify this thing.
chronological, Dec 09 2019

       /r/whatisthis (there's also a bigger subreddit that does the same thing, but I'm no longer promoting it after its moderators banned having fun)
notexactly, Dec 09 2019


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