We heard from many people that smartphones are still too complicated for many users, and even the simplest apps are too complicated for many users. I have talked to assistive tech trainers and rehab centers that even SeeingAI is too hard to use for their clients. It sounded like the current apps are still too complicated for maybe more than 75% of this community.
I think it is possible to develop a text reader app, that has all the functionalities but:
1) Has a much simpler user interface
2) Uses AI to predict the user's intention (such as between reading handwriting, a document or a short mail) and switch to that function automatically
3) Uses AI to fix angle, light, distance problems as much as possible to compensate for users who struggle to use the mobile camera perfectly
I feel like the audience in this forum is significantly more tech savvy than an average person with visual impairment, so maybe people here do not struggle with the problems we are trying to address. However, I was wondering if you still struggle with using the text reading apps or if you know anyone who struggles with them.
I would love to hear about your experiences here. We are also offering $10 gift cards for anyone who is willing to have a 30 minute phone interview about their pain points.
If you think I am misunderstanding something, I would love to hear about it too. Feel free to be very frank. We would rather focus on solutions that can make a difference than solutions that focus on fictional problems.