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Envision App is Gateway to Glasses

Jul 25, 2022

Envision App is Gateway to Glasses

The Ai-powered smart camera app is a must-have accessory for people with vision loss because it endeavors to provide the visual information inaccessible to impaired eyes. The first of it’s kind, Seeing AI, is a collection of text and image recognition channels developed by Microsoft for Apple iPhone. Next Google created Lookout to provide a similar suite of features for Android users. 

The Envision app also reads text, scans documents, barcodes, identifies objects, colors and people and it’s now free for everyone, just like Seeing AI and Lookout. Unlike the apps from Microsoft and Google, Envision is available for both iOS and Android. However, the most intriguing fact that truly sets this app apart is that it powers Envision Glasses. The glasses are $3,500 and maybe the app is now a gateway to trying and then buying the wearable version.

Envision app screenshots for Describe Scene, Scan Document & Color ID
Envision app screenshots for Describe Scene, Scan Document & Color ID

Read, Magnify, Save, Share & Translate Text

The Instant Text mode reads any text the camera is pointed at, great for signs, labels, price tags, mail, and product packaging.

Scan Text is the mode for longer, denser text. It includes a magnifier that reads text and can be used to zoom into a section or paragraph on a page. In this feature, the camera takes a photo of a single or multiple page. The image appears on the screen in a text format that can be read, saved, copied to a clipboard, shared, or translated to another language. 

The Library is there to save scanned files for reference.

Describes Scene, Identifies Color, Scans Barcode

Capture a photo of the scene in front of you and Envision will describe it and allow you to save the description text with the photo, to your library.

Envision detects and identifies colors in two modes. There are 30 colors described in Standard mode and 950 color names in the Descriptive mode.

Scan product barcodes for the name of the item and tap more information for product details.

Find People and Objects Around You

Teach Envision to recognize faces by taking 5 photos of a face and adding a name to it. Find an object you are looking for by selecting it from a list, for example: backpack, cat, cup, toothbrush, TV. Create a list of favorites and suggest items to add.

Envision Glasses

Smart glasses are another category that people with vision loss are watching closely. Obviously, these glasses do not help you see better, they provide the information that your eyes are unable to process. What this says is, while there is no vision correction, information is the next best thing.

Learn more at: https://www.letsenvision.com

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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