Microsoft’s Seeing AI iOS app gets support for 5 new languages

Dave W. Shanahan

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Microsoft’s Seeing AI iOS app now supports 5 new languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The Microsoft Seeing AI iOS app helps people with disabilities visualize the world around them by using audio cues. As noted in a post by Microsoft, more people with disabilities, blind people in particular, can expand their expectations of living with disabilities with this iOS app. With the new language support, the Seeing AI app can help people around the world live their lives to their fullest.

Seeing AI for iOS helps blind people and people with limited vision to be able to read printed text, currency, and describe physical objects, product labels, colors, and more. For Akiko Ishii, who became blind following surgery at 30 years old, Microsoft’s Seeing AI app on iOS has become her savior.

“Now I will be able to read in Japanese. And I can also read my mail and other communication and correspondence on paper, so that will be super exciting. If any communication was on paper, I would have to have somebody read it to me. But now I’ll be able to read it myself. Seeing AI becomes my assistant and provides me with the support that I need so that I can focus on taking care of my daughter. One of the things I love about Seeing AI is that once you have this one application, with tons of features, then you can use it for anything.”

Ishii looks forward to using Seeing AI’s Short Text channel, which reads text aloud as soon as it appears in front of her iPhone’s camera. Seeing AI also provides users with a Documents channel, that helps users read larger pieces of printed text. Relying on other people to read documents and describe the environment around them can be a frustrating experience for blind people.

Saqib Shaikh, Microsoft project lead and co-founder of Seeing AI. (Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Microsoft’s co-founder of Seeing AI, Saqib Shaikh, is interested to see how blind people are using the Seeing AI app on iOS. Shaikh is blind too and developed the Seeing AI app to help him navigate the world without any outside help.

“I get the most joy hearing from customers about how they’re using Seeing AI. More than the technology itself, the thing that has really touched me is the way that people have taken the features of Seeing AI and incorporated it into their personal lives. I get the most joy hearing from customers about how they’re using Seeing AI.”

The Seeing AI app on iOS launched in 2017 and is available in 70 countries. Previously, the iOS app only provided support in English. That can be a particular disadvantage if English is not your first language. Since its inception, Seeing AI has helped people “see” more than 20 billion things.

Download the Seeing AI iOS app for yourself and see how well it works with the new Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish support.

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