AYES is an Antwerp based startup that uses artificial intelligence to create software that assists blind and visually impaired users on their walks. The first version of their app, OKO, is now live in the Benelux.
OKO uses artificial intelligence to recognise the pedestrian traffic light. We bring that information back to the user through audio and haptic cues, similar to a physical APS system. OKO is closely co-developed with blind and visually impaired users.
The user simply takes out the phone at an intersection and points the camera towards the direction of the traffic light. If the traffic light is in sight of the camera our app will recognize the pedestrian traffic light if one is present. Our blind and visually impaired testers have found out that it is quite intuitive to point the phone in the correct direction because the app is that fast. This ensures that the app starts making sound the moment the traffic light is in sight of the camera. Currently the application is only on iOS but the company AYES behind OKO is also developing an android version and a possible handsfree solution.
Currently OKO is available in the Benelux but AYES is expanding to different countries and is actively looking for testers in different countries. The expansion takes some time because data needs to be captured and the app needs to be tested to ensure safety. You can subscribe for testing using this link: https://ayes.ai/get-oko
AYES will later add more features like crosswalk detection, bus and tramnumber recognition, and obstacle avoidance.
The app can be downloaded using this link: https://apps.apple.com/be/app/ayes-oko/id1583614988