Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is an app helping blind people in their everyday life. Through video contact, a blind person can ask a volunteer to help him in his daily basis, from knowing an expiry date to navigating new surroundings.
“Be My Eyes is connecting people like Uber or AirBnB. It’s a service that connects someone in need and someone willing to help” says the founder, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, himself reached with blindness.
After several years of intense work, the concept won an innovative project award and been outsourced from Denmark to San Francisco to be part of the research program of the Silicon Valley University. The app has become global in 2015 and already counts 25 000 blind customers. Be My Eyes is available in 140 countries in 80 different languages.
Challenges: The video technique has been a huge challenge as the developers created their own video system to allow blind people and volunteers to talk directly to each others.
Future plans: Growing and become sustainable. Be My Eyes is looking for investors to grow their staff and improve their service as Hans receives a lot of requests from blind people for new features. Also Hans want to help kids and elderly people in the future.
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