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Be My Eyes: Get This App And Help The Blind

Be My Eyes: Get This App And Help The Blind

If you can see, then you know how valuable your eyesight is to you. Used for many aspects of life such as reading, writing, drawing, navigating and seeing danger, your gift of sight can help someone who cannot see as well as you.

The blind have made many advancements in how they get around and virtually see the world. Most successfully work, can live independently and travel.

For those little moments when a braille-friendly label may have come off a can or carton, or in an unfamiliar neighborhood too many wrong turns later, or even as basic as choosing the best colour accessories to accompany an outfit – that is when a sighted friend can be of great assistance.

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    Created by visually impaired Hans Jørgen Wiberg in April of 2012, Be My Eyes is an app designed to help the blind in their daily lives to do all of the things which you do almost automatically. Through the app, you have a chance to help a blind person see in real-time via a live chat function and the user’s phone’s built-in camera.

    The app will give you the live camera view of what the visually impaired person may be having difficulty seeing. For instance, a label in braille may have slipped off a can or bottle, or they’ve just received a parcel and a standard blind-reader app can’t capture and speak who the parcel is from.

    Though the blind often use fingers as their eyes, some text doesn’t translate well into text to speech readers and making sure an errant parcel is for the right address before opening, can be important if the recipient is worried that the contents won’t match what was ordered, or want to know who to be able to call right away and thank for the gift.

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      Ever wanted to know the nutritional contents of something new that you are buying, or check for potential allergens in the ingredient list? Blind people want that too, and you can help them be sure the food does not contain unwanted items before they eat it.

      With the app, the blind person requests assistance and a volunteer such as yourself answers the call and provides information needed for the caller. Maybe the blind person wants to sign a check, birthday card, or credit card slip and would like to know that their signing card is lined up with the signature line.

      There are hundreds of helpful uses for Be My Eyes.

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        Volunteers obtain points by using the app on their own time, as much or little as they like. Over time, the points are displayed to show how many times a volunteer has helped someone, and provide a rating system of sorts to compare with other users.

        The app is free for now, but by September 2015, the Be My Eyes funding will be ended and there may be a subscription fee. To get more information about the Be My Eyes app click here.

        For now though, you can get the app on the iTunes store and the site can send you an email when the Android version is available.

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          Your iPhone must be 4s or newer. And how do blind people use this app with their iPhones?

          Be My Eyes explains, “The iPhone has a great feature called Talkover which enables people who are completely blind to use an iPhone with synthetic speech and touch-based interface.”

          Blind people are people just like us – and while they can usually get along just fine, with the help of today’s technology and friendly apps such as the Be My Eyes network, it is now even easier for them to live independent and stress free lives. Well, no more stressful than the life of a sighted person, that is!

          If you are sighted and wish to help or are visually impaired and curious to give it a try, you can download Be My Eyes here.

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          Last Updated on May 14, 2019

          8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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          Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

          1. Zoho Notebook
            If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
          2. Evernote
            The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
          3. Net Notes
            If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
          4. i-Lighter
            You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
          5. Clipmarks
            For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
          6. UberNote
            If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
          7. iLeonardo
            iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
          8. Zotero
            Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

          I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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          In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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