The Microsoft Seeing AI app aims to be a game changer. Look, I get it. Saying the words “game change” or using the phrase “you’ve gotta try this Microsoft product” is, for me, the equivalent of a chocolate addict saying something like “you’ve gotta try this avocado pudding.” Doesn’t seem to compute, right? And while I have actually done both in the last week, both to my surprise, I want to focus this post on the Microsoft side of the equation. The avocado pudding will likely show up in a future post, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
This week, Microsoft launched what it calls a research project, but what many in the blind and visually impaired community might very well call a game changer. For a company that, to many people, seems to be at least two steps behind when it comes to accessibility and innovation, the Microsoft Seeing AI app comes from far out of left field, but in my very humble opinion, this is a swing for the fences that results in at least a triple.
I’ve written at length about how Apple products and services have made my travels as a visually impaired filmmaker possible. How the on-board screen reading software, VoiceOver, keeps my work on a laptop humming. How the iOS version of same makes the device about as accessible as it can possibly be for the blind and vision impaired. How the Apple approach to accessibility has always Continue reading “The Microsoft Seeing AI App: Microsoft Swings For the Fences”