I know I haven’t done one of these posts in quite a while, but I have been busy testing out quite a few visually impaired apps for you, and today i’m focusing on an app called Digit-Eyes.
Digit-Eyes is described as the best bar code scanner ever! You can scan barcodes and hear the names of over 37 million products. You can also make your own barcode labels to attach to products, as well as creating voice labels that play on contact with the specified product. Whether you’re blind, visually impaired, dyslexic, or you just find it hard to read text, Digit-Eyes is for you.
The way Digit-Eyes works is, you open the app and from the extremely basic menu, you click the scan button. With a beep and a vibration, it then loads a camera viewer screen, and if the viewing condition isn’t bright enough, it also loads a flashlight. All you then have to do is find the barcode on your product and place the camera lense about two to three inches above it. It’s just so the barcode can get into frame. Digit-Eyes starts to rapidly beep when you’re near the barcode, and it gives a loud solid beep once it’s scanned the barcode. It then loads for about twenty seconds and spits out the name of your product.
I really like the design of Digit-Eyes. It has everything you need all on one screen. There’s no scrolling around looking for stupid little buttons, and thanks to voiceover it’s so easy to use that anyone can use it. Just a few taps of a screen and I can finally figure out what something is without asking anybody.
It does however have quite a few problems. It sometimes doesn’t recognise a product and asks you to do a search for what the product could be. This is all well and good, but about 60% of the time it can’t find anything.
Overall I would have to rate Digit-Eyes a seven out of ten. I love the fact that I don’t have to ask somebody what something is, but it loses a few points because sometimes it can’t find what I have scanned, and having 37 million barcodes in it’s database, you would have thought it would be able to find almost anything. The only changes I would make would to be to add more barcodes, but other than that it’s brilliant. The design is basic and extremely easy to use, and the entire scanning process is so easy even a baby could do it. Unfortunately Digit-Eyes isn’t a free app ,and will set you back £6.99 in the app store. If you would like to check out Digit-Eyes for yourself. you can buy it on the App Store here
I’m always looking for visually impaired apps to check out, so if you know of any please let me know.
Have you tried Digit-Eyes? What did you think? Please let me know below.