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StarHub helps the blind ‘see’ with mobile app

Singapore telco StarHub has launched an app for the visually impaired.

The app, called MySmartEye, can even help the visually impaired take photographs.

MySmartEye was developed in collaboration with a community of micro-volunteers via the internet.

The app prompts the user to declare if they are a volunteer or visually impaired. The visually impaired user takes a picture using MySmartEye, which is then shared in real-time with a volunteer who has installed the app. The volunteer can then describe the picture, and their reply is are read out over the visually impaired person’s phone.

The app can be downloaded for iPhone or Android handsets.

“Micro-volunteering is a revolutionary platform for time-starved Singaporeans. It gives existing volunteers an extra channel to help and demonstrates to would-be volunteers that it really doesn’t take much to make a difference,” said Michael Tan See Hai, executive director, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.

As well as the app, StarHub has launched a mobile plan called SmartBuddy tailored for the visually impaired with more talk time, SMS and data.

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