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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 February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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