There's a whole variety of apps available for your phone that can help you to overcome the issues that sight loss brings; such as recognising products, faces, or colours.

And what's more, the vast majority of them are free! We introduce you to some of our favourites and show you how they work.

Microsoft’s Seeing AI is an amazing free app that narrates the world around you, using the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to describe people, text and objects. We check out each of its features and put it to the test:

Be My Eyes

BeMyEyes enables anyone with a visual impairment to connect to a sighted volunteer, through live video, so that they can explain what’s in front of them.


BeSpecular is a fantastic app that enables anyone with a visual impairment to get an audio description of something they’ve photographed – from a real person – within minutes.


Microsoft’s new app ‘Soundscape’ uses 3D audio to create a mental map of the world around you. It uses some pretty amazing tech which can get a bit overwhelming to understand at first – luckily, Mark is here to explain the different features of the app and how it works.


Aipoly enables your smartphone to understand objects, and colours, through artificial intelligence.


TapTapSee enables your smartphone to understand objects through artificial intelligence.

Light Detector

In this video Mark talks us through the simple Light Detector app and Bryony reveals how it might have been useful for her!


KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader is available as an app or software for your computer or phone, which converts printed text to speech or Braille instantly using OCR (optical character recognition) technology. Danny shows Mark how the app works, and how he uses it.

App chat with Danny

Danny has been watching our app videos keenly and came in for a chat with Mark to tell us how they have transformed his life.

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