Every now and then somebody invents something to try and make the world a better place.
No, I am not talking about Facebook...
Be My Eyes is an App that brings together the blind and visually impaired with sighted 'helpers' from all over the world.
The way that this genius app works, is quite simple - like all the good things. A blind person, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, requests assistance using the Be My Eyes app. The assistance could be anything from finding out what the ingredients is in packet of biscuits (or cookies, if you are State side) to giving assistance to someone navigating their way around some new surroundings. The 'helper' receives notification that someone needs help and a live video connection is established. Using a live video stream, the volunteer helps the blind person. Simple.
The Founder, Hans Jørgen Wiberg says “It's my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world”.
What a lovely man.