Apple’s iOS is more accessible than ever, but that fortunately hasn’t stopped developers from further enhancing the accessibility of the platform through app releases. Case in point: Aipoly Vision, a smart application that allows the blind, visually impaired, and color blind understand their surroundings through bringing object and color recognition to iOS free of charge.
More accessible than ever
You can indeed download the software free of charge, and it’s optimized for both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. Inside the app users can toggle between Aipoly Vision’s two main functions: object recognition, and color recognition. After choosing which mode you’d like to use, the app then allows iOS device owners to point their iPhone or iPad at an object and receive either a guess at the name of the object, or the color which lies beneath the application’s crosshair.
Online, the developer explains:
Aipoly can identify several hundreds of objects right from the start, without any training, and can do so three times a second. No need to snap pictures, the app will constantly see and think.
Object recognition is, however, a little hit and miss (as you might expect). Aipoly misidentified both an iPad and a computer in our testing, although color recognition seems to work flawlessly.
Users can add new objects into the application by typing in their description, and the developer promises enhanced understanding of objects through future updates and support. The app will also be able to understand scenes in a future version, too (allowing the software to identify more complex scenarios, like “a dog near a lamp post,” according to the developer).
All in all, Aipoly Vision is a great 1.0 app, but there are some issues; it is, as the application’s release notes explain, not a substitute for human or canine visual assistants, but it will certainly be of use for visually impaired iOS users. In order to run the application, you’ll need either an iPhone 5s or above, an iPad Air or above, or an iPad mini 2 or above.
You can download Aipoly Vision now on the App Store, and as mentioned, it’s optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.