Best described as simple and brilliant, the Be My Eyes app enables sighted volunteers around the world to provide realtime help to blind people in need of assistance.
The tool makes use of relatively straightforward set of smartphone functionality to enable live video chat - essentially allowing volunteers to be the visually impaired person's eyes. Volunteers can assist when they have time and the app features simple gamification elements to encourage participation. At the time of writing over 164,000 sighted volunteers have offered assistance to over 16,000 blind people.
Be My Eyes is a non-profit organisation based in Copenhagen that launched earlier this year utilising IndiGogo as crowd sourced support for their initial funding. That funding is set to expire later in 2015 and they are reviewing alternate funding models such as subscriptions, sponsorships or donations.
Check out the service via the video below: