iDentifi is an app that allows for visually impaired individuals to gain more independence in daily tasks like grocery shopping, self-navigating in indoor environments, and reading. It uses artificial intelligence to enable a visually impaired user to click a photo, and is able to recognize virtually any object, brand, colour, facial expression, handwriting and text, and subsequently deliver an audible description of the image’s contents to the user. Furthermore, all of the app's functionality works in 27 languages. Finally, the app features an interface designed with visually impaired users in mind, while also giving users the option to choose from three different modes of object and text recognition as well as how fast they want the app to speak. iDentifi is currently being used in 105 countries, and has processed more than 320,000 images. It has appeared on CBC National News, CBC Toronto News, CBC Metro Morning, CBC French Radio, CTV News Toronto, AMI-audio, Toronto Star, TechCrunch, won a silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair, named a TechCrunch Top Artificial Intelligence Story of 2016 (Along with Google AlphaGo, Facebook AI and 12 others), has been endorsed by local, national and international non-profits, and has received awards from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, University of Ottawa, Western University and York University.
Community Outreach: In order to expand iDentifi’s impact among the visually impaired community, and to improve it through user feedback, iDentifi has been presented to local, national and international organizations, hospitals and non-profits serving the visually impaired. These organizations have shared iDentifi amongst their members through email, social media, meetings, and conference calls. Click here to learn more.
Global Impact: iDentifi has processed 320,000+ images for users in 105 nations. Click here to learn more.
*Please note that the following image was last updated in January 2017. It should say 105 countries (rather than 86) and does not contain the entire list of countries within in the map or the collection of flags.*
Awards and Honours: iDentifi has been named one of TechCrunch's Top Artificial Intelligence Stories of 2016, won the 2017 Ontario Science Centre Weston Youth Innovation Award, won $20,500 in scholarships, won silver at the Canada Wide Science Fair, been commended in the Ontario Provincial Legislature by the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation and was named as a Royal National Institute of Blind People (UK) App of the Month, amongst several other awards and honours. Click here to learn more and see full list of awards.
Press: iDentifi has been covered in TechCrunch (one of the world's most popular sources for tech news), the Toronto Star (Canada's highest circulation newspaper), CBC National News (one of Canada's most respected national daily news shows), CBC Metro Morning TV and Radio (Toronto's most popular morning news program), CBC TV Toronto News, Radio-Canada (CBC Radio's French counterpart), CBCNews.ca, Accessible Media Canada (multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are visually impaired), and CTV News Toronto (popular news show for Torontonians). Click here to learn more, and for links to each news story
iDentifi's mission is to help the 285 million people afflicted with visual impairments by providing useful, affordable, and innovative technology that gives them a greater level of independence in their daily lives.
And most of all — putting this technology in their hands for free.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to the World Health Organization 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide. 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision, with about 90% living in low-income settings.