“Necessity is the mother of invention,” said the great philosopher Plato. This is being proven every day by technology. As people’s needs grow, researchers and scientists work on more handy and accessible technology for everyone. Where do people with disabilities come in this circle of technology? Don’t worry! They are not left behind by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 15% of the world populations (over one billion people) have some type of disability. Technology has been opening doors for individuals with impairs since long back. For normal people, AI is just a futuristic technology, but for people with disabilities, it is the light at the end of the tunnel. Henceforth, Analytics Insight brings you the list of AI-powered applications that makes a change in the life of people with disability.
Top 10 AI-Powered Applications for People with Disability
Lookout by Google is an accessibility mobile application for the visually impaired people. The app can narrate the immediate surroundings in real-time when the user points the camera at things. It can recognize things like animals and people, as well as walls, traffic, and other potential obstacles. The app can switch between ‘home,’ ‘work’ and ‘play’ modes to enable its algorithms to focus on environmental relevant elements. Users review the app as being much more accurate than most of its competitors and it can even read things like menu and documents.
Seeing AI is a Microsoft research project that brings together the power of the cloud and AI to deliver an intelligent app, designed to help navigate the daily life of people with disability. The application narrates the world around the visually impaired people. It uses the phone camera to detail persons, objects, and textual messages. Seeing AI is sophisticated enough to scan barcodes and recognize images from other apps. It can also read documents and specifies individuals’ gender, age, emotions and actions.
RogerVoice app is designed to make calls accessible and simple for the deaf community. Empowered by voice recognition technology and speed synthesis, the application helps hearing-challenged persons to call anyone and get a real-time transcription of the conversation. RogerVoice works in over a hundred languages in many countries across the globe.
Wheelmap is devised to assist mobility-impaired people. Users can find wheelchair-accessible places on a virtual map of areas like restaurants, cafes, toilets, shops, cinemas, parking lots, bus stops and much more. Wheelmap is built on OpenStreetMap and everyone can enhance the data stored in this online world map by flagging locations, contributing comments, and uploading pictures.
Otter Voice Meeting Notes is an artificial intelligence live transcription and collaboration app for students with learning disabilities announced by Otter.ai. The application removes student’s dependency on others by enabling access to the learning environment in a way that’s most efficient for them. Otter Voice Meeting Notes transcribes voice to text in real-time and generates rich notes for meetings, in-person, remote, live or pre-recorded conversations or presentation.
Wemogee app was launched by Samsung for people with aphasia and other language disorders. Currently, there are more than three million people worldwide living with aphasia, a disorder that causes the loss of language capabilities. Available in English and Italian, Wemogee functions as a kind of translator between text and emojis. The application includes a library of more than 140 phrases related to basic needs and emotional expressions.
Speechify Text Reader is designed to help people with disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, and low vision. The application can also be of great use as it now helps hundreds of thousands of people to consume their reading content with ease. Speechify Text Reader turns anything into an audiobook that helps people with disability to focus and retain more info.
Be My Eyes is a mobile application that connects blind people with normal sighted volunteers to provide help via live video streaming on smartphones. Volunteers can sign up to receive notifications to video calls from visually-impaired people. Once connected through the app, volunteers can speak to their callers and see what’s in front of the visually impaired person and help them with anything from checking the milk’s expiration data to reading a street sign.
The National Relay Service is a government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls. It features various call options, such as the ability to text and read speech, speaking to a friend but reading their responses on-screen, and signing conversation over Skype to be translated by a Relay Officer.
IFTTT is one of the best automation apps that is of great help to people with disabilities. It helps users to set up automated actions like reading out texts loud, turning off the lights and much more. The IFTTT app will make life easier for impaired people.
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