MySmartEye è un servizio per nonvedenti basato sulla potenza del crowdsourcing. Lo propone StarHub, compagnia di telefonia mobile di Singapore, e funziona così: l'utente (nonvedente o ipovedente) segnala una foto e la comunità di volontari (vedenti) interviene fornendo l'interpretazione verbale.
L'app, disponibile per Android e iOS, è stata sviluppata d'intesa con l'associazione dei disabili visivi: Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.
Andrea Mameli Blog Linguaggio Macchina 27 Agosto 2013
StarHub empowers visually and hearing impaired with MySmartEye, SmartBuddy
Singapore, 27 August 2013
StarHub has always believed in empowering the challenged and its latest
innovation will help the blind ‘see’. By uniting technology and
crowdsourcing, StarHub has developed an award-winning mobile app,
MySmartEye, which allows the visually impaired to connect to a worldwide
community of micro-volunteers, who then lend them their power of sight.
Micro-volunteering is virtual volunteering, usually over an
Internet-connected device and for short periods of time.
MySmartEye can be downloaded on iPhones and Android handsets. The app
will then prompt the user to select if he or she is a micro-volunteer
or a visually impaired individual. The visually impaired will be able to
use MySmartEye to snap a picture, which is then shared in real-time
with micro-volunteers who have installed the app. These volunteers have
the option of describing the picture, and their replies are read out
over the visually impaired’s phone.
“We believe in the strength of altruism in humanity, that in spite of
our busy schedules, we still want to help others in need. With
MySmartEye, anyone can help the visually impaired in mere seconds
anytime, anywhere. Imagine all the time spent waiting in queue at the
bank, for lunch, for the bus or train—this is time that could be spent
bringing happiness to others,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Head of Personal
Solutions, StarHub. “And given the fact that the visually impaired and
micro-volunteers could be anywhere in the world, this truly is a great
example of how the innovative use of crowdsourcing can empower the
“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 Mr Michael Tan See Hai, Executive Director,
Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. “It is exciting for
us to be a part of this initiative, which I believe will open more than
just eyes; I believe it will open hearts too.”
In conjunction with the launch of MySmartEye, StarHub also introduced
SmartBuddy, a mobile plan specially packaged with more talktime, SMS
and data to offer the visually and hearing impaired more freedom with
“We are happy that StarHub SmartBuddy is empowering the hearing
impaired to freely interact with their loved ones, offering a large data
bundle with a price cap. This is especially timely considering how our
clients are relying more heavily on social media to connect with
individuals worldwide,” said Dr Christopher Low Wong Kein, President,
The Singapore Association for the Deaf.