Facebook’s new feature helping the blind enjoy pictures shared on the social network


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — KRON has an exciting example of new artificial intelligence technology to show you on Monday night.

Facebook has been working on a new feature built on artificial intelligence for its mobile app. It recognizes pictures, which show up in newsfeeds and can read a description of the picture to visually impaired people.

Our tech reporter Gabe Slate met with a blind man, who has been using this and loving it.

Watch the above video to see Gabe’s full report.


You can try this technology for yourself. On an iOS device, enable VoiceOver by asking Siri to “turn on VoiceOver,” or by tapping on Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver.

Once enabled, you can open the Facebook app and swipe to scroll through your News Feed or a profile. When you swipe past a photo, you’ll hear this technology tell you some of the items the photo may contain.

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