The ORBIT Dataset Project

22 October 2020

The ORBIT Dataset Project is looking to create a new AI algorithm that will more clearly help apps identify objects that are of importance to its users who are blind or have low vision, and they need your help!


Smartphones are helping blind users explore their world. For instance, Seeing AI uses Artificial Intelligence to analyse a picture you take with the camera. While these kinds of systems currently can recognise common items, say for example “this is a mug”, the problem is that they can’t tell whether this is your mug. Also, they don’t know of items that are important to blind or low vision people, such as a white cane. 

ORBIT are looking for people who are blind or low vision to use an iOS app to take short videos of things that are important to them. This app will allow lots of blind and low vision people to contribute data to help train the kinds of AI behind these smartphone apps. 


  • are over 18 years old 
  • are blind or have low vision  
  • have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13.2 or higher installed 

To find out more about this study including how to take part, please visit their website at :