A TALKING CAM­ERA APP

Fast Company - - Innovation By Design - —Mark Wilson

De­signed with in­put from 12 vis­ually im­paired Mi­crosoft em­ploy­ees, the See­ing AI app has given 150,000 vis­ually im­paired peo­ple around the world this year new in­sights into their sur­round­ings by em­pow­er­ing their phones to tell them what it sees. Thanks to im­age recog­ni­tion and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, users can aim their phones at al­most any­thing and re­ceive a vo­cal an­nounce­ment of what it is. Fa­cial-recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy en­ables the app not only to name friends as they ap­proach but also sug­gest whether they ap­pear to be in a good or bad mood. It can also read printed text in books or news­pa­pers aloud. Mi­crosoft en­gi­neers con­tinue to re­fine See­ing AI as they process useren­gage­ment data. “We learned we can’t an­tic­i­pate how the app will be used,” says Anirudh Koul, senior data sci­en­tist at Mi­crosoft and See­ing AI pro­ject lead.

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