BeSpecular - Let a blind person see through your eyes
I came across BeSpecular on twitter ( ) and thought what a great idea; an app that allows blind or visually impaired people (or VIPs - great acronym!) to ask a question - any question a sighted person can help them with. VIPs take a photo of what they need information about and send out their recorded question. The sighted person listens to the question, takes a look at the photo and either records a message back or types one.
Each message has a pop up that asks if the person sending the question (and no doubt replying) is polite, so inappropriate users can be screened out.
So I downloaded the app and here's my SNAP Review:
It is extremely easy to get started; download the app to your smart phone, type in a few details and you're ready. I eagerly waited for my first question. Nothing came for a couple of hours and then 3 requests one after the other. I confirmed yes, a pair of socks were both white, described the colour of a jumper and read the label of a tin of food.
It takes a few seconds to answer a question and you can ignore any requests if you want to; someone else will answer.
I really like the ease of use, it's been well thought through and yes, it feels good to be able to help. As a seeing person I take my eyesight for granted just as I'm sure many people do, this great app makes you realise how lucky you are - and how difficult even the simplest of tasks can be without sight.
One of the things I really like about BeSpecular, is that the conversations are polite, but they are functional; you don't get the impression the blind user feels they have to be super grateful; it makes asking for assistance very easy, as it should be.
Well done BeSpecular - a great app and fab bit of technology that I hope is of real benefit to VIPs. www.bespecular.com
Reviewed by Sally at SNAP