Facebook has now almost billions of users allowing them to see pictures, great moments with their friends altogether with other social media like Instagram, Twitter and the likes. But for the blind community, it is impossible to simply see it, but just feel it.
As prompted, Facebook try to create technology to allow blind people to visually see social media content and enjoy it too.
This technology called Automatic Alternative Text that basically generates description of an image. It uses Facebook’s object recognition which means that anyone using screen readers can hear basic description of the photo, creates a visual image once they heard it.
Through this technology, the user screen reader will only hear the person sharing the image, and identify it as a photo when it appears on their news feeds.
“Now we can offer a richer description of what’s in a photo, thanks to automatic alt text. For instance, someone could now hear, ‘Image may contain three people, smiling, outdoors,’” Facebook asserts. True, this isn’t exactly ideal, but it is a step forward, and could lead to even better technologies in the coming years.
This technology will run first on iOS set in English but Facebook has plans to set it on more platforms and more languages.