[NFBWATLK] Article: Microsoft's new, free iPhone app helps the blind see , Seattle Times, July 12, 2017

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sat Jul 22 17:23:47 UTC 2017

I am not, it said I was 22 years older then my actual age!


At 06:12 PM 7/20/2017, you wrote:
>I'm actually forever indebted to Seeing AI for 
>telling me I'm 15 years younger than I actually 
>am according to my picture. :) Seriously, short 
>text has worked for me to read snail mail 
>envelopes, at least to the extent that I know 
>who they came from. I like the fact that it 
>actually reads the text without having to 
>actually take a picture. But for actual quality 
>and accuracy I agree that KNFB Reader is better. 
>Kevin LaRose Anderson, IN Email: 
>kl1964 at icloud.com On Jul 20, 2017, at 7:04 PM, 
>Lauren Merryfield via NFBWATLK 
><nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote: Hi, All I could get 
>seeing ai to do was guess at the surroundings, 
>like, one time, it said "indoors, desk" and 
>another time it said "probably indoors, chair." 
>It did not recognize my cat, Maryah, as a cat. 
>So it recognizes human faces, I guess, but not 
>animals??? Thanks, Lauren Blessings in Jesus’ 
>name!  Deuteronomy 32New Living Translation 
>(NLT) 32 “Listen, O heavens, and I will 
>speak!    Hear, O earth, the words that I say! 2 
>Let my teaching fall on you like rain;    let my 
>speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like 
>rain on tender grass,    like gentle showers on 
>young plants. 3 I will proclaim the name of the 
>Lord;    how glorious is our God! 4 He is the 
>Rock; his deeds are perfect.    Everything he 
>does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who 
>does no wrong;    how just and upright he is! 
>Advice from my cats:"Meow when you feel like 
>it." -----Original Message----- From: NFBWATLK 
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>ellen <gabias at telus.net> Subject: Re: [NFBWATLK] 
>Article: Microsoft's new, free iPhone app helps 
>the blind see , Seattle Times, July 12, 2017 Has 
>anybody tried this?  I downloaded it and tried 
>to get it to read text with very limited 
>results.  I could not get it to recognize short 
>text on the fly, but it did read part of a page 
>of text.  I compared it with KNFB Reader using a 
>portable stand for both apps.  The KNFB Reader 
>vastly outperformed Seeing AI.  However, one 
>attempt does not a sufficient trial make, so 
>I'll play with it some more.  I'd appreciate 
>tips from someone who's had more success. 
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>Subject: [NFBWATLK] Article: Microsoft's new, 
>free iPhone app helps the blind see , Seattle 
>Times, July 12, 2017 
>005 Microsoft's new, free iPhone app helps the 
>blind see Seattle Times July 12, 2017 By Matt 
>Day Microsoft on Wednesday released a smartphone 
>application far more ambitious than its bread 
>and butter Office software: an effort to help 
>the blind see. The free Seeing AI app, available 
>for iOS, can read out short snippets of text, 
>describe people, identify products and currency 
>denominations, and take a stab at identifying 
>the objects in a person's surroundings. The app 
>relies on the iPhone camera, backed by 
>Microsoft's machine-learning and 
>image-recognition algorithms. The company didn't 
>say whether a version would be released for 
>Android phones. Seeing AI takes its name from 
>the Microsoft research project that developed 
>the tool. The Redmond company revealed the 
>effort last year at its Build developer show, 
>demonstrating how a more-developed version might 
>help Saqib Shaikh, a Microsoft engineer on the 
>team who lost his sight at age 7. The app is 
>available in the U.S., Canada, India, New 
>Zealand and Hong Kong. Seeing AI joins a small 
>group of apps designed to help visually impaired 
>people. Most others are aimed at a single task, 
>like identifying a color or reading text aloud.

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