Be My Eyes is more than just an app — it's a significant step forward for those with visual impairments. The app, which was developed by the nonprofit Be My Eyes and Danish software studio Robocat, connects smartphone users worldwide to a vast network of "sighted" and "blind" individuals, allowing them to work in conjunction with one another.
Here's how it works: When a blind user comes across an activity in his or her day that, quite literally, requires a second set of eyes (e.g. checking the expiration date on a dairy product or finding out which gate number from which their flight or train will be departing), they open up the Be My Eyes app and request to be connected to a "sighted" user. Once connected, the app opens up their video camera, enabling them to show their partner what it is that they're trying to figure out. The sighted user can then chat with them over the speaker phone and tell them what they're seeing, allowing the blind user to make their next move. As far as revolutionizing the world goes, this app ranks pretty high on the importance scale.