Apps resources

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.

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24 of the best apps for people with a visual impairment eBook

We’ve pulled together a list of 24 of our favourite apps (most are free, some paid for) and organised them into seven categories to help you navigate what you’re looking for in our free eBook.

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Check before you download

With the many thousands of apps in the market place, we’ve put together a quick checklist to make sure you’re not downloading something that will be more trouble than help.

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Apple Music vs Spotify

Music streaming can be done on a variety of platforms and devices, with lots of different apps available – both free and paid – but which one is best for visually impaired users?

The apps bringing volunteering into the digital world

We explore the two apps ‘Be My Eyes’ and ‘BeSpecular’ which connect a visually impaired user with a sighted volunteer and demonstrate how they work in our videos.

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:


AIRA Virtual Assistant


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.

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

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TapTapSee enables your smartphone to understand objects through artificial intelligence.

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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!


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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.

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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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