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Be My Eyes, the app that lends blind people a pair of eyes

Be My Eyes is a new application that combines technology and volunteerism. It allows people with poor vision to use their cell phone camera to record situations when they need help with things like walking through a new area or checking the expiration date on food. A volunteer with the app receives the video and helps them through the situation. The app was created by a Danish nonprofit that connects the blind communtiy with volunteers through smartphones. When someone downloads the app, they're asked if they're blind or want to be a volunteer. ; Blind people can use the app whenever they face a difficult situation, and then volunteers receive a notification to let them know that their eyes can be of use at that moment. It's a simple way to help people who have difficulty seeing. Be My Eyes is only available for iOS, but the company is working on an Android version. It can downloaded in English and Spanish. MPI/ATO Be my eyes VM -PR Up:GRT