In today’s world, technology is allowing more people to be active and receive assistance from more than just those living near them. Creating more opportunities and allowing those with a disability to live more independently. One such technological advancement is the mobile app Be My Eyes.
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for the blind and visually impaired. The app connects blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.
Since its launch, on January 15th 2015, 83,107 blind and visually impaired people have been assisted by more than 1,418,990 sighted volunteers. The app is used in 150+ countries and can be accessed in more than 180+ languages. This makes Be My Eyes the biggest global online community for the blind and visually impaired, as well as one of the largest micro-volunteering platforms in the world. Every day, volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help the blind and visually impaired lead more independent lives.
The Be My Eyes story started in Denmark in 2012 with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a Danish furniture craftsman, who is visually impaired himself. Through his work at ‘The Danish Association of the Blind’, he recognized that blind or visually impaired people often needed a little assistance to solve everyday tasks. However, it wasn’t until a blind friend told him that he used video calls to connect with family and friends, who could help him with these tasks, that Hans Jorgen got the idea for Be My Eyes. He believed that the technology of video calls could be used to visually assist blind or visually impaired individuals, without them having to rely on friends and family, but using a network of volunteers.
In April 2012, Hans presented his idea at a Danish startup event, where he got connected with a team that was ready to make Be My Eyes a reality. On January 15th 2015, the Be My Eyes app was released for iOS, and within 24 hours the app had more than 10,000 users. Since the release of the iOS app, an Android version has been in high demand. The Android version was finally released on October 5th 2017. In December 2017 Be My Eyes was chosen as Google Play Best Apps of 2017 in the categories; “Most Innovative”, “Best Daily Helper” and “Best Hidden Gem”, and in May 2018 Be My Eyes won the Google Play Award 2018 for “Best Accessibility Award”.
Today the community consistof: 80,000 blind user and 1,300,000 sighted volunteers. For more information on this app please check out their website at https://www.bemyeyes.com/