Back in 2017, Microsoft launched Seeing AI, a campaign for blind and low vision, to help better understand the world around them. It has since received a ton of improvements as well as capabilities to enhance the user experience, such as additional language support for iOS users and the incorporation of LiDAR sensors in iPhones to offer new possibilities to explore spaces.
Microsoft is now launching a new feature that will help users improve their user experience. Every time, users scan barcodes of healthcare products belonging to Haleon, a British multinational consumer healthcare company, the application will now provide detailed information.
According to a press release, the following follows:
People who are blind, have trouble reading or have low literacy can utilize the app to scan more than 1,500 Haleon products such as Advil, Excedrin, Theraflu, Emergen-C, and their device will include product information, instructions, and ingredients.
Both visually impaired individuals as well as those who aren''t well-versed when it comes to medication will be able to understand the packaging and contents of the medication without any assistance from a third-party, thus increasing their self-confidence.
On the free app, the feature is available to iOS users in the United Kingdom and the United States. Microsoft did not reveal that they will be releasing the Android version in the future.