Computer Classes


The Computer Science Technology Division will be holding training workshops and help sessions on the following dates:

September 15

October 13

November 10

December 15


The first session on September 15 will be held at the Federation Center of the Blind

119 S Kilbourne Rd

Columbia, SC 29205

From 10am to Noon.


This session will cover the Seeing AI app for iPhones.

Talking Camera for the Blind

Microsoft Corporation




Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:
• Short Text – Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.
• Documents – Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.
• Products – Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available. (works with iPhone 6 and later)
• People – Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
• Scenes (early preview) – Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
• Currency – Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11)
• Color – Identifies color.
• Handwriting – Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards
• Light – Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings.
• Images in other apps – Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.
• Photo browsing experience – Describes photos on your phone

Seeing AI is built to help you achieve more by leveraging the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, more channels may be added.

Check out tutorials with this YouTube playlist:

Visit for more details


There will also be a help session for those of you who need help getting started, or with a specific problem.


If you would like to attend, please email Thom Spittle at, or call the

CSTD HelpLine at 803-402-3526, and leave your name and that you would like to attend.


If you would like to help with the workshop, please contact Thom Spittle in one of the above ways.


Also, we would like to hold the October, November, or December Workshop in another part of the state. We can do this if we have transportation and a good expected turnout for that location.


As always, if you have any Workshop suggestions, or need help, call the HelpLine at 803-402-3526.


Thanks so much,


Thomas Spittle


Computer Science Technology Divvision

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina