The app helps blind or visually impaired people connect with users for everyday tasks and has way more volunteers than its creators expected
In the oversaturated app market, one has reached a frequently neglected demographic: blind people.
Be My Eyes, created by Hans Jorgen Wiberg in 2015, pairs volunteers with blind or visually impaired people in need of help with small, everyday tasks. These can range from reading an expiration date on a carton of milk to describing the color of a shirt. Wanting to be of help, I volunteered my eyes, ready to answer the call of a person in need of a snack or an opinion on an outfit.
There is one flaw with the app, albeit a heart-warming one: the number of volunteers signed up, which are in the millions, far outnumber the 138,455 blind or low-vision people using it. I waited for a call to help someone in visual need, but there were too many volunteers in my way.
I got in touch with Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, the CCO of Be My Eyes, who told me the apps origin story. Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself, spoke at the Danish Association of the Blind. There, he learned that Facetiming friends and family for assistance with simple tasks was how they navigated tasks they needed help with. Be My Eyes was created as a more efficient platform, allowing its users to be more independent while not having to always rely on personal relationships.
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