Aipoly is a phone app invented by students from the Singularity University that acts as an intelligent personal assist to help the visually impaired to understand their surroundings.
It works by allowing the user to take a photo which is then uploaded to the Aipoly server where it is analysed and the data is sent back to the app and read out loud to the user via text to speech software. Point and click and the surroundings will be interpreted for you.
Aipoly estimates that there are 285 million visually impaired people in the world and about 2/3 of those have a smart phone. The Aipoly will empower and increase independence by providing the ability to recognize every day objects. For example it will be much easier to find an object, or to navigate by recognition of street signs.
Aipoly was founded by Marita Cheng and Alberto Rizzoli. Marita was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and also the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics. Alberto is an Italian futurist and entrepreneur. In 2015, Alberto coauthored and published the first part of the book series Futurescapes, entitled “The Future of Business.”
Article from the Quiet Coders.