Microsoft releases Seeing AI, an app that narrates the world around you

Microsoft describes Seeing AI as a free app that narrates the world around you

Microsoft first showed off a prototype of this app at its Build conference in March a year ago. Otherwise, all you have to do to start identifying things is select from one of five different categories (the app calls them "channels") to help the app understand what type of object it needs to identify.

What's particularly impressive about the app is the breadth of things it can describe.

The Seeing AI app is very simple to use.

The most important difference between Seeing AI and other similar apps is that most functions, like face recognition, are carried out directly on the device, giving the app a significant speed advantage.

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Instead it was Kittel's compatriot, John Degenkolb of Trek-Segafredo, who proved the best of the rest, finishing second, with LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen third.

Microsoft's Seeing AI app can also work with other apps too.

If you get a document but can't read the print, using Seeing AI provides audio guidance for capturing the document and then spoken words reading the text to the app user.

For example, Microsoft brought its SQL Server database software to Linux, and it has ported Office apps to the iPad. The app also has what is described as an experimental feature that describes a scene, and it will soon be able to identify which bills you place in front of it. The app emits a series of beeps to indicate how close the viewfinder is to the barcode, helping users align the camera properly. This will let the Seeing AI app recognize what's happening in a picture that the user just captured.

Speaking to The Verge at a Microsoft event in London, Saqib Shaikh, the tech lead on Seeing AI, said he most commonly used the app for reading documents like signs and menus. Advanced features like describing an entire scene or recognizing hand-written documents still require a connection to the cloud to function though. The company didn't say whether a version would be released for Android phones.

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