Examine Clothes Color

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

This application plays a role as eyes so that visually impaired persons can choose the color and pattern on clothes by themselves.

When you take a picture of clothes with this application, it speaks the color and pattern on clothes. The color included in clothes is expressed by up
to 4 colors. The pattern is expressed by a category of 5, vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, checker, plain color and other pattern.

Photographing location is the room where direct sunlight does not gleam. After starting the App, move the iPhone from the clothes to the position of about
40cm, and take a picture. The flash fires automatically.

The Models that can appropriately correct the color are the iPhone4S, 5S, 6, 6S. The App will work with any other iPhone models.

By the voice guidance of the VoiceOver function and the App program, it can be used in those who are visually impaired. It tells the transition of the
screen in the voice, and the screen is a simple configuration.
* Manner mode, please release.

This system has been developed in order to support the independent living of visually impaired persons, and uses a special method of correcting the color
in order to correctly recognize the color that changes by lighting environment.

* For more information, http: //irosirabe.net/color/en
* Developer: Masao MIYAKE, Doctor of Engineering.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPod Touch

Accessibility Comments

If VoiceOver is off, the voice of this app navigate and reads the result.
To mute the voice of this app, set the silent mode on.

It's easy to use.

1. Activate "Examine" button.

2. Activate "Take Picture" button.

3. Activate "Use Photo" button.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

This app works in Japanese and English.

Here's a video introduction in Japanese.

Emi's smile of May 2016 issue


4 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Hiroyuki Shinagawa 5 years 1 month ago



Submitted by djolney on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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I have tried this app on six shirts so far today and it has done a better job than any other color detection app I have on my iPhone.

Submitted by OldBear on Thursday, March 9, 2017

This is exactly what I needed and it seems to work great! Thanks!

The app will name itself "Selection" after it downloads; not sure why it uses that title. Its controls are very basic, but its descriptions are really useful.

Submitted by Tasha on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Any way this program could be updated so that it could detect stains on clothing? this would be a lifesaver.

Submitted by LaBoheme on Sunday, March 12, 2017

this goes to show you what a difference would it make when a developer truly understands a blind person's need. imagine one wears an outfit to a funeral because one's trusted color identifier says the outfit is black. the primary color is black alright, but it also has red stripes. this app just saves one from becoming a laughingstock.

Submitted by peter on Sunday, March 12, 2017

A nice clean and simple app - Gives just the info one would need, reasonably accurately, and without a lot of useless details.

Question: In the "Examination" dialog there is an element entitled "Camera Mode" that announces itself as "adjustable" by swiping one's finger up/down. However, that gesture doesn't appear to do anything. What is this for?


Submitted by Miyake on Monday, March 20, 2017

I am a developer of this application and a free researcher in Japan. Thank you for much feedback.

As for the "stain" of clothes, I will make it future research subjects. Please give me some time.

The word "selection" is displayed in the name of the icon comes from "selection" of clothing. However, I will change to display "Examine Clothes Color" at the next opportunity.

As for Dear PETER 's question, I'm sorry, I do not understand its meaning and can not answer properly. After announcing "Camera Mode", please just press the shutter at the bottom center of the screen. There is no gesture.

Submitted by rachel on Saturday, April 1, 2017

What an amazing app. I have been registered severely sight impaired since birth, and have spent so long feeling extremely frustrated at not being able to make my own choices regarding what I wear without sighted assistance; all I ever wanted as a child was to be able to make such choices for myself in the way my two fully sighted sisters always have. It's great that this app has now come to my rescue, allowing me to make my own decisions and choices regarding what matching colours without having to wait for sighted assistance. I really like the app's accessibility, and especially its accuracy (in view of the fact I'm probably the world's most useless person at aiming a camera), but the extreme attention that has obviously gone into how accurate pictures come out means I don't need to let this worry me. For me this is by far the best app I have come across to assist me with what used to be such a frustrating aspect of independent living.

Submitted by Mich240 on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hi. I will try this app. It seems that it can do a lot, thanksz.

Submitted by Carlos Alonso on Sunday, April 2, 2017

as others have pointed out, this is easily the best app so far for its purpose, thanks for developing this very useful app, I am going to be using this a lot!