By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:36 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 22:36 GMT, 3 December 2019
Today Microsoft announced an update to the Seeing AI app that will include new language output options, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
The iOS exclusive app was first released in 2017 as a free tool to help people with visual impairments navigate day-to-day life.
It’s built around a series of different channels, which users can select depending on their particular needs or circumstances.
For the first time Microsoft's Seeing AI app will speak in languages other than English. Today's update enables audio output in Japanese, German, Spanish, Dutch, and French
In one channel, the app will read out the text of any document the iPhone's or iPad's front facing camera is pointed at.
In another, it will describe the appearance of other people and users can flag close friends or family members so the app can recognize them in future encounters.
The app can also scan bar codes to identify products, read nutritional labels, translate currency, identify colors, describe the light levels of one’s surroundings, and give overall descriptions of a room or setting.
Users can save the faces of friends or