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Seeing AI

A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects

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Complete multiple tasks with one app

Switch between channels to tune the description of what’s in front of the camera.

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Short Text

Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera

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Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting

Symbol of a barcode


Gives audio beeps to help locate barcodes and then scans them to identify products

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Recognizes friends and describes people around you, including their emotions

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An experimental feature to describe the scene around you

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Identify currency bills when paying with cash

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Generate an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in your surroundings

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Describes the perceived color

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Reads handwritten text

Get to know Seeing AI

Check out these tutorial videos to learn more about the channels available within the app

Intelligently built

Seeing AI is a Microsoft research project that brings together the power of the cloud and AI to deliver an intelligent app, designed to help you navigate your day.

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Turns the visual world into an audible experience

With this intelligent camera app, just hold up your phone and hear information about the world around you

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Recognize friends and their facial expressions

Recognize and locate the faces of people you're with, as well as facial characteristics, approximate age, emotion, and more

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Read text quickly

Hear short snippets of text instantly and get audio guidance to capture full documents

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Seeing AI

Turning the visual world into an audible experience.

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