BeSpecular – South Africa
Commonly regarded as the app “leading eyes to the blind”, South African Chris Venter though blind can now see through the eyes of volunteers the world over who lend their eyes to him and thousands of the BeSpecular blind users.
After losing his sight to a virus, Chris, a former chef was determined to keep cooking and that was when the idea of eyes lending downed on him.
Once a request is submitted via the app, a handful of volunteers (over 10,000 subscribers), or so-called “sightlings”, receive a notification on their smartphones and can from there guide the blind on whatever they want to do – be it cooking, crossing the road, walking or any general thing they might need eyes for.
With users in over 50 countries the world over, the question of if BeSpecular can help the blind to see has popped up on several occasions.