Microsoft ‘Seeing AI’ app is now available in the UK.

Designed for the low vision community, the app harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to open up the visual world and describe people, text and objects.

The app, which is currently only available on iOS, uses the device’s camera to perform a number of useful functions. The app is part of an ongoing research project from Microsoft, designed to help people with vision impairments complete everyday tasks and offer new levels of independence.

The app enables users to recognise:

  • Short Text – speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera
  • Documents – provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognises the text, along with its original formatting
  • Products – scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available
  • People – allows users to saves friends’ faces in their contact list so they can be recognized later
  • Scenes (early preview) – hear an overall description of the scene captured
  • Images in other apps – just tap “Share” and “Recognise with Seeing AI” to describe images from emails, photos, Twitter and more.


The app is still a work in progress and as the research progresses, more channels may be added. 

For further information or to download to app, please follow the links below: