The latest update to Microsoft’s Seeing AI brings new capabilities to the image recognition and narration app. The app can now detect Indian currency and narrate the denomination to the user. The app identifies all the notes in circulation including the new currency bills issued recently.
Currency bills are particularly challenging to identify, as they come in different sizes and textures, and are often modified by government. People who are blind or have low vision are known to fold these notes up in different shapes to be able to recognize and use them when needed, though still require means to differentiate denominations. Microsoft’s app brings this power to the users’ fingertips no matter where they are.
With the latest addition of Indian rupee detection, the app now supports five different currencies, including euros, US and Canadian dollars and British pounds. Seeing AI is currently available on the iOS App Store in 56 countries. Since its launch in July 2017, the app has helped users complete over 5 million tasks unassisted, and has been downloaded by over 150,000 users, says Microsoft’s official blog post.
Designed for users with visual impairment, Seeing AI combines artificial intelligence and rich computer vision to narrate the world around users in real-time. By describing surrounding people, text, objects, colors, and currencies, Seeing AI serves as an example of how inclusive technology empowers people of all abilities. Seeing AI app can be downloaded from the App Store for your iOS device.
Seeing AI was primarily created and used for identifying short text, documents, products, people, currency scenery, colors, handwriting and light. In December 2017, Seeing AI introduced the ability for currency recognition for US and Canadian dollar, British pounds and Euros.