Be My Eyes

Lend your eyes to the blind

#1 Product of the MonthJanuary 2015
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Reviews

  • Simon BrombergCTO @DashMD , sbromberg.com
    Pros: 

    Simple to use and you can help real people solve simple problems

    Cons: 

    Rarely receive notifications (not really a bad thing per se)

    Great idea, filling a real need for people. The app is straightforward; once you get set up you just wait until you're needed. You get a push notification when someone needs assistance, sometimes even if you answer right away someone else might beat you to it. But the fact that there are lots of people willing to help others is really great. There are many more sighted people than blind people on the app, so people needing help can almost always get it right away.

    In the few years I have had this app I think I have actually interacted with someone twice. But it was a very rewarding experience.

    Simon Bromberg has used this product for one year.
  • Sarika LSeasoned Technology Product Head
    Pros: 

    Helpful to the needy

    Cons: 

    Quick disconnect

    I've used this Almost weekly n a few times twice a week when I was able to pick a call and help someone.

    Easy to use and great idea.

    1. The only issue I faced was i sometimes missed to pick a call perhaps coz I didn't answer on the first few (1-2) seconds?

    2. It's a good idea and ive been able to help people with tech n non tech issue too..lol yeah...

    But I wondered if someone could give am incorrect help (I know there are people with good hearts, but there should be some mechanism-maybe feedback system?)

    Sarika L has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Lukas Fittl@lukasfittl · Product Hunt
This got posted 11 months ago, when it was still in the pre-launch phase. Excellent to see them go through with this project :)
Thomas K. Running@tkrunning · Nomad, Teleport
Indeed. Great to see this finally launch! I interviewed @thellek about the project when I hunted it a year ago. Interesting to read in retrospect :)
Robleh JamaHunter@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
This is one of the most impressive apps I've seen! Help blind people see through video chats. This is a great example of micro-volunteering and the power of apps to actually improve people's live in meaningful ways. Great work from the non-profit Be My Eyes in collaboration with the guys at Robocat apps (@flarup @williwu and team).
Michael FlarupMaker@flarup · Northplay, Pixelresort, Robocat.
Thanks guys! We've been waiting for this day for a while - glad to see if finally spreading and seeing that 'helped' counter climb. <3
Kim Schulz@kimschulz · Staff Engineer, Software
@flarup did you ever consider using the text-recognize features similar to the ones used in wordlens/google translate? Simply let the blind person point the mobile camera at the text, it will then recognize the text and use text to speech to let him know what it says.
Michael FlarupMaker@flarup · Northplay, Pixelresort, Robocat.
Thanks Kris, yes it's very easy. Most blind or sight impaired smartphone users use the build in accessibility voice over– which works remarkably well. They're guided through registration in just a few simple steps. It was an interesting challenge to design an app that worked well in these kinds of situations.
Kim Schulz@kimschulz · Staff Engineer, Software
would love to see this for android as well