Okay…there’s been so much sadness and tragedy the past couple of weeks and I could go off on a rant about gun control (that is necessary by the way!!)…but I decided to share something that is good and where you can help.
There is an app called Be My Eyes that is such a simple concept, but so incredible! From their website…”Be My Eyes is a FREE mobile app designed to bring sight to the blind and visually impaired. With the press of a button, the app establishes a live video connection between blind and visually impaired users and sighted volunteers. Every day, volunteers are lending their eyes to solve challenges both big and small in the lives of the blind and visually impaired.”
So, for instance, if you are a visually impaired or blind person you can summon the app on your phone and a sighted volunteer, who also has the app, can help you with tasks (through a live feed) that we might think are easy, but to a visually impaired person it is not. For example (from their website)…the blind person goes in their fridge and isn’t sure if their milk is still safe to drink (obviously it’s not sour enough yet to smell that it might be bad). They summon the app on their phone, connect with a sighted volunteer and can point the camera on their phone towards the tiny expiration date. The sighted person says, “It’s fine” or “throw it out!” It’s that easy! …or you might have to help someone with directions somewhere.
It’s been available on the i-phone for a while, but will just became available on Android today! By the time you read this I will already have it downloaded and ready to help someone! You could do the same?! You download the app and you can decide when you want to “go live” when you have a little bit of time to help someone else in need. No contracts or time constraints…just people helping people.
Come on…how easy is that!? Not much commitment on your part to help someone who really needs and appreciates it. If you want more information, watch the developer’s Ted Talk here.
Have a FABULOUS Thursday…and a great upcoming weekend!