The recent update for Seeing AI, a free Microsoft app, has added a fun new feature: Explore Photos by Touch. This feature enables users to drag a finger around the photo to explore people and objects and to learn where they are located. Photos can be accessed several different ways. One easy way is to access photos that are already in your photo app. The Seeing AI app is fully accessible with VoiceOver.
Hint: Take a picture just prior to opening the app; this picture will now be the first picture in the Photo app.
Short Description: “Probably a person standing in front of a laptop; contains text.”
Detailed Description (items announced as finger is dragged over the items): “8 year old girl with brown hair wearing glasses looking happy.” Announces the letters in the alphabet on the bulletin board behind her, along with the sign “social studies center”. Does not announce the bookshelves, iPad or braille display.
Short Description: “One face; probably a young boy sitting on a slide.”
Detailed Description (items announced as finger is dragged over the items): Person. 1 year old boy with blond hair looking happy. Footwear. Shoe.
Short Description: “Group of People looking at a screen.”
Detailed Description (items announced as finger is dragged over the items): Announces “person” as finger is dragged over multiple people in audience. Announces all the text that is visible on the PowerPoint slide (some text is blocked by presenter).
Note: Image is of darkened room and text on slide is blurry and not readable in photo.
Editor’s Note: Personally, I was excited that Seeing AI was able to accurately determine the text on the slide! This may be useful for students in class who occasionally want to take a photo of text on the board.
Note: Additional images were tested and the results were mixed. Artificial Intelligence continues to improve, but has not been perfected yet.
Once you have explored a photo using the Seeing AI app, the general description will automatically be announced by VoiceOver when the photo is in the Photo App.
Seeing AI App review here.
By Diane Brauner