BeSpecular - Help The Blind
By BeSpecular LTD
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
BeSpecular is the best way to do a good deed so that even when you have a busy schedule, you can help someone who’s blind. As a blind/visually impaired person, you can ask text/voice questions and receive quick replies that are friendly and helpful.
Do you want to help/volunteer in your community, but you don’t have the time?
Helping your community should be simple, convenient, and fun.
Now you can help someone who’s blind by using your smartphone. You can spend a few seconds listening to the question, look at the picture(s), and reply with a friendly voice note or text message.
-Use your eyes and intuition which no computer can replace,
-Help blind or visually impaired people from around the world,
-Learn what it’s like to live blind,
-Do a good deed and feel amazing,
-Make a real contribution to someone else’s life.
Are you blind or visually impaired & need that extra little bit of help?
You should be able to conveniently ask your questions and know that someone who’s sighted will happily and quickly be able to help.
Now you’re able to personalize your questions to find out exactly what you’re looking for. You can upload or take photos and ask with a voice/text message. You’ll receive as many friendly and helpful replies as you need.
-Ask your question and receive your reply shortly,
-Use the app in various situations, e.g. getting more detailed descriptions of items you’d like to buy online, read the ad insert you found in the mail, understand what’s going on with your computer when your Screen Reader won’t work, re-live memories with beautiful descriptions of your photographs, etc,
-Remain on a first-name basis and not have to reveal any personal info,
-Ask as many questions as often as you’d like
What's New in Version 1.6
There are a lot of great apps for the iPhone that I use to help with little tasks, but today I tried BeSpecular for the first time and I'm totally in love. I was going through my clothes, and noticed one of my shirts had a rip in it. I didn't want to throw it away without knowing which shirt it was for sure, so I decided to try this new one, and it's absolutely become my favorite. You take a picture, then are given the option of typing or recording your specific question about it. Then, unlike any other I've tried, it sends you multiple responses until you feel like you have the information you need. I stopped at six replies, two of which were spoken and four typed. One was less than detailed, but one lady's spoken description brought me to tears with her level of effort and care. I feel like I got everything I wanted and more. I can't recommend it highly enough. And if you're sighted and can spare a few minutes now and then to help someone, consider this awesome route. 💜
Paying it forward (sighted volunteer)
I live with chronic pain and sometimes need help, but my eyes work just fine! This is an easy and satisfying way to volunteer and pay it forward. My one criticism? Even though I have gone to settings and enabled notifications, I have never gotten even a single notification. (I periodically open the app to see if anyone needs help, but would prefer the app to simply notify me. I could do so much more than I am doing!)
Be Specular review
As someone who is legally blind I really appreciate the effort that the developers have put into this application. It is so nice to be able to take a picture of something and have the information conveyed to you by a wonderful volunteer. I really want to commend the creators again as this is in invaluable tool. Thank you to all the volunteers as well. I hope that there will be future updates of this application for quite some time to come