The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have partnered with the popular assistance mobile app Be My Eyes, to offer specialised help to visually impaired people living in the UK.
Through live video calls, users can contact the RNIB for sight loss advice, and even help with RNIB products and services. Additionally, the RNIB’s Technology for Life team can help individuals with a range of tech assistance, including setting up smartphones, and help using accessibility software like JAWS. With an increase of home-based work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team can also assist with video call applications such as Zoom, Skype, and even Remote Desktop software.
Be My Eyes, created five years ago by Hans Jorgen Wiberg, pairs sighted volunteers with blind or visually impaired people via a mobile app. The assistance can range from helping to read cooking instructions, finding dropped items, assisting with computer problems, even picking out outfit colours which match.
Since launching in 2015, around 215,000 blind and partially sighted people have signed up as users, alongside 3.7 million registered volunteers available worldwide.
The RNIB become one of four new organisations to the app, including ACB, Lighthouse San Francisco, and Galloways, a sight-loss charity based in the North of England.
To explore what companies and organisations are available in your area, click the ‘specialized help’ menu through the Be My Eyes app, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms.
You can find out more about the Be My Eyes app here, or listen below to Shaun trying out the app below.
Editor, producer and social media whizz kid for Double Tap Online