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Microsoft launches AI app for visually impaired

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Garry Little | 13 July, 2017, 00:30

The company showed off a prototype of Seeing AI in March previous year at its Build conference, but from Wednesday, July 12, the app is available to download for free in the United States on iOS. An experimental feature in the app can even describe the scene around you. With this intelligent camera app, just hold up your phone and hear information about the world around you. As all dollar bills are the same size and color regardless of value, spotting the difference can be hard or even impossible for the visually impaired. Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you.

The Seeing AI app is very simple to use.

To use the app, the user must point their phone's camera, select a channel and then hear a description of what the phone's camera sees.

The app can recognize people it has seen previously and describe the appearance and emotions of the person.

The app uses neural networks to identify the world around it - the same basic technology that's being deployed all over Silicon Valley, powering self-driving cars, drones, and more. It also reads and scan documents, and recognizes U.S. currency.

The app is now available in just six countries: The US, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore - however, Microsoft says that the app will be available in other countries soon.

Microsoft also today announced at an AI event in London, a new program called AI for Earth. Most recently it added support for Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Office apps.

Microsoft, like many other tech titans, has bet big on artificial intelligence, as the company believes AI technology will have a profound impact on society and will transform our lives. The app also works with text documents and images.

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