A "good deed waiting to happen in your pocket."
Developed by a man who experiences visual impairment himself, the app Be My Eyes currently serves 80,000 blind and visually-impaired people with the help of 1.2 million volunteers around the world. How does it work?
When a visually-impaired person requires assistance with a task — checking the expiration date on food, adjusting air conditioning, looking at directions, and more — they can request help from the app. Volunteers then receive a notification, and, if they accept the request, a live video stream will open between their phones, allowing the sighted person to answer questions, read directions aloud, or otherwise assist in whatever the person needs. Currently, the average wait time between requesting and receiving help for blind person using the app is just 30 seconds.