How Smartphones, AI and Crowdsourcing Are Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Smartphones aren’t just glowing rectangles full of visual stimuli – they’re a portable sensor package and computer, and a growing number of companies are putting them to work for the blind and visually impaired. Some apps are old news, like text-to-speech and color detection, but some are using the connective power of the Internet and artificial intelligence to do everything from navigation to recognizing emotion on peoples’ faces. Though there is a growing number of apps available for Android, the most popular platform for assistive apps hands-down is iOS. Thanks to built-in capabilities like the VoiceOver screen reader, the iPhone

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