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Facebook Reveals It's Newest Features And It Might Just Be The Best Thing Ever

Facebook connects above 1.5 billion people all over the world, and makes them feel as one, virtually though. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been making impact on the society through various applications of technology in different spheres. For the blind and visually impaired, Facebook as come up with yet another idea that will help them through.

Facebook Reveals It's Newest Features And It Might Just Be The Best Thing Ever

Facebook Reveals It's Newest Features And It Might Just Be The Best Thing Ever

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Imagine an easier access to the photos of your loved ones

Imagine an easier access to the photos of your loved ones

Till now, there was technology in place to describe a picture on Facebook, and to read out what is written inside an image.

But, there wasn't any way to know what was going on with those photos

But, there wasn't any way to know what was going on with those photos

But, owing to the advancements in artificial intelligence, Facebook has come up with a brilliant innovation.

Matt King, Facebook's first blind engineer has to say this

Matt King, Facebook's first blind engineer has to say this

"You just think about how much of your news feed is visual - and is probably most of it - and so often people will make a comment about a photo or they'll say something about it when they post it, but they won't really tell you what is in the photo."

It gets really hard to keep on with things

It gets really hard to keep on with things

"So for somebody like myself, it can be really like, 'Ok, what's going on here? What's the discussion all about?", said Matt. So, Facebook has come up with something called "Automatic Alternative Text", which will exploit audio and image recognition to describe all of it to the visually impaired.

This is how it is going to work

This is how it is going to work

"If your friend posts a picture from her hiking trip, for example, the app will now be smart enough to recognize visual cues from the photo and say aloud, 'Image may contain: two people, smiling, sunglasses, sky, outdoor, water'."

It is being seen as a new step in the positive direction

It is being seen as a new step in the positive direction

"What you might do in 15 or 20 minutes, just sitting back enjoying a cup of coffee, looking at what pictures your friends posted, an equivalent activity [for me] would've been like four hours of strenuous figuring out what to do," King said. "It's a feeling like all of technology and society is moving against you. You're shoved to the margins yet again."

To use this feature on your iPhone or iPad, ask Siri to "turn on VoiceOver"

To use this feature on your iPhone or iPad, ask Siri to "turn on VoiceOver"

Or, you can do it manually through these steps: Settings -> General -> Accessibility and flip on VoiceOver. Facebook team is still working hard to make it better still.

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