Video calls connect those with sight to visually impaired people requesting assistance.

Sometimes you can’t tell if your milk has gone off simply by smelling the offending item. Expiration dates come in quite handy, unless you want to risk it and pour the possibly curdled beverage over your cereal. It might seem like a minor problem, but if you’re blind and having breakfast alone, a nasty taste test might be your only option. 

Danish non-profit’s Be My Eyes is on its way to eliminating consuming murky dairy — and any other task that requires sight — by connecting blind people to those who can see.

Photo courtesy of Be My Eyes

You might wonder how blind people deal with every day challenges. Normally the answer is simple: We’re not that different from you,” the explanatory video states. “But sometimes the simplest things can be difficult and we need a set of eyes.”

After downloading the free application onto a smartphone phone, both sighted and visually impaired people can register for the service. A sighted person gets a notification when their assistance is needed. Via video calls, the pair works together to solve whatever problem needed.

A ticker on the application’s website indicates that in just the two days since launch, they’ve assisted more than 3,000 people. The network also boasts far more sighted people offering to be volunteers than blind people needing assistance.

Kitchen-related problems generate the bulk of the calls, co-founder Thelle Kristensen told TechCrunch. But the opportunities far exceed expiration dates. The video details an additional scenario with a heartwarming tale of a sighted woman helping a young girl frame a photograph to give as a gift to her parents.

Learn more about Be My Eyes at their site and in the video below:

Top photo courtesy of Be My Eyes