Microsoft Releases Seeing AI App for iPhone

Ryan Christoffel at MacStories reports on an app developed by Microsoft aimed at helping blind and low vision users experience augmented reality (AI). Christoffel writes that Smart AI “converts the visual experience of the world into an audible one. As you point the camera at things in the world around you, the app will describe that world in a quick, informative manner” and works solidly.

This app makes me wonder about the accessibility of augmented reality going forward. Things like ARKit, as well as whatever else Apple decides to do in this space in the future, are incredibly fascinating. How accessible this new technology is or will be is unknown, but I do know VoiceOver will play a key role in making AR available to everyone.