Accessibility features included in today's smartphones are one of the most recent technology investments for people with special needs. Both the major technology companies operating on major operating systems, Apple and Android, as well as other relevant players, have been addressing this issue for some time. Instagram now adds artificial intelligence (in particular, machine learning) to Discover what's uploaded in photos and say it aloud to people with visual problems.
Instagram calls this feature automatic alternative text, and lets you listen to the descriptions of the most commonly used parts of the program: stream, explore and profile. In the mechanical sciences, according to the company, it is used object recognition technology, with a trained model.
In addition to automatic detection, the manual alternative text will also be a reality in Instagram. Now uploading photos allows users to write a description of the attached images so that users with visual problems can know precisely.
How image recognition works on other social networks
Facebook announced in 2016 the arrival of a feature to describe photos using artificial intelligence, but only to its main social network. That's why strange that it took more than two years to do something that is so much help to millions of users Instagram. Facebook also allows you to add text to users
Accessibility has also been important for Twitter, which also allows users to upload photos from 2016 Add text descriptions. The punishment is that the function is for a while It seems far from what Instagram and Facebook have implemented.
I am a blind Twitter user. There are many of us. Increase the ability to reach us and help us interact with your images, it is very simple and makes huge differences in our Twitter experiance allowing us to see our images in our own way. Thank you for the description ? pic.twitter.com/hCsjoFdmev
– Rob Long (@NetworkLong) January 3, 2018
The explanation is clear Twitter does not contain an automatic object recognition model, but it requires the user to write a description, although some users have explained and requested it, this is not common.
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