Object Recognition Apps – What Apps Might Work for Individuals with Learning or Intellectual Disabilities?

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The science of object recognition  continues to evolve combining the science of artificial intelligence, computer vision and cloud based networks providing  greater recognition accuracy of objects and entities. Application of this science to apps have also become increasingly available on mobile devices for consumers with some targeted to specific needs and individuals with disabilities.  The OT’s with Apps post entitled “Object Recognition App Feature Match” presents a variety of such object recognition apps identified for individuals with learning or intellectual disabilities. While there are numerous object recognition apps currently available,  identifying the best app for AT clients serviced has been a need to determine potential application for individuals evaluated for their AT needs. Specifically, identifying potential apps for individuals with learning or intellectual disability was important as possible AT solutions. Recognition apps for individuals with visual impairment have been available for several years and have been a population offering recognition apps specific to their needs however may have features not considered optimal for individuals with learning or intellectual challenges. Available recognition apps as “Be My Eyes app”, “Braigo app”, “Be Spectacular app” or Aipoly app target specific users and innately present features that are barriers to others (i.e. require typing user names, password, require registration,  email accounts or subscription based services for operation). While the Object Recognition App Feature Match document targets potential apps, trial of the apps appeared to be the best method to begin to determine functional application of these apps. Employing basic object recognition trial appeared to be the first step to identification of potential apps for individuals with learning or intellectual disability. Although just a start, application to clients needs would require further evaluation of their specific skills, specific task, environment and tools using evaluation frameworks as SETTor HAAT framework.
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Understanding the tools and tasks as simply trialed with the object recognition apps and basic objects or products begins to provide information on which apps might be most accurate, have easy operation and product information helpful for individuals with intellectual or learning challenges.
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