Useful Apps

TapTapSee (Free, iPhone)

This App describes the world around you. Simply double-tap on the screen and it will take a photo that gets uploaded to its servers for processing.  A few seconds later, assuming everything worked, the voiceover assistant provides an impressively detailed and accurate description, such as “Keyboard on white desk with glass mug.”

Fleksy (Free, universal)

The built-in iOS keyboard can be a nightmare to use with bad vision or voiceover, and you can’t always rely on ‘Siri’; this is where Fleksy steps in.  Fleksy is a typing app with big keys, gestures, favourites and a stellar predictive-text engine that makes writing emails, messages, tweets and Facebook updates a breeze, no matter what your visual acuity.

Colour ID (Free, universal)

This App uses your device’s camera to identify the colour of a point in front of you, with a crosshair so small that even a remote control could be labelled several different colours depending on the precise angle. Colours described are either a combination of common colour names or fancy words found on tins of paint.

Audiobooks from Audible (Free, universal)

You can play and sync your Amazon-bought audiobooks, as well as any audiobooks from the iTunes Store that are on your device. Chapter selection, bookmarking, speed controls and voiceover support make it the best choice for the job.

Be My Eyes (Free, universal)

Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind.