Developed by Carers UK, Jointly is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers. Jointly makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.
‘Let blind people see through your eyes’ is their tagline and this app matches volunteers with visually impaired users. The visually impaired person takes a photo of what he or she needs help with and attaches a voice message, which is sent to a community of volunteers (or sightings as they call them). Within minutes, the user received a reply and then rates out of 5 stars the helpfulness of the volunteer. This app is great because you get a description from a real human being, it’s very accessible and it’s quick. Available on iOS and Android and is FREE.
Aipoly Vision is an object and colour recogniser that uses artificial intelligence to help people with a visual impairment to understand their surroundings. Simply point your phone at the object of interest and press any of the recognition buttons at the bottom of the screen to turn on the artificial intelligence. The app will keep running and recognising objects until you switch it to a different mode. Aipoly Vision can recognise 1,000 essential items for free, and many more through a subscription. You get the odd (often humorous!) inaccuracy but generally it’s impressive. Available on iOS and Andriod.
KNFB Reader takes a photo of text and then reads it aloud in clear synthetic speech. It is fully accessible using VoiceOver and if you’re worries about getting all the text in the photo the app will help you. It has text detection so you know you have printed the side of the page. It also has tilt assist and viewfinder assist, helping you to get the whole page photographed. Cost: £99.99.
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is an international standard for digital books designed fro people with print disabilities. DAISY Talk is an app that reads our text of a DAISY book using a synthesized voice incorporated in an iOS device. Cost: £25.99
iDentifi is an app that uses artificial intelligence to enable a visually impaired user to click a photo and get and instant description. It’s able to recognise objects, brands, colours, facial expressions, handwriting and text, and delivers and audible description of image’s contents. Cost: FREE
CamFind allows you to do an online search by simply taking a photo of an object. The app then uses mobile visual search technology to tell you what it is. Snap a picture and learn more. Cost: FREE.
This app enables the user to very simply magnify text or objects up to 10x. You can have the light on or off and simply tap to focus. The simple features all work well with VoiceOver and it’s great for someone with low level visual impairment for things like reading menus or receipts. Cost: FREE.
DESH is a local service supported by Herefordshire Carers Support which lists second hand disability equipment for sale/free across Herefordshire. All items advertised are in Herefordshire and surrounding areas so you don’t need to travel far for the equipment you need.
Do you want to sell or give away disability equipment that is no longer needed? Maybe you are looking for an item of equipment for yourself, a friend or relative?
Much of the Telecare equipment will support different types of service users, and the resource guide will support your decision to choose the most appropriate equipment.