Envision App

The Envision App is a free smartphone app that articulates everyday visual information into speech. And, with this information comes the feeling of independence and the perception of possibilities.

Photo of a person holding a phone to scan a document with the Envision App. It shows a yellow speech bubble which means the content of the document is spoken out. Bottom-right text box states: Scan Text on the Envision App.
About the app

Learn a little more today

The free Envision App uses your smartphone's camera, to speak out written information, describe surroundings and objects, and even tell you who's nearby.

Excelling in all kinds of text and object recognition, Envision can read text in over 60 languages. Be it a handwritten birthday card, the ingredients listing on the back of a cereal box or even an entire book.
A person is scanning a Quaker Instant Oatmeal box by holding their phone over it, using the Envision App to read it. It shows a yellow speech bubble which means the content of the document is spoken out. Bottom-right text box states: Instant Text on the Envision App.
A person is scanning a recipe by holding their phone over it, using envision to read it. It shows a yellow speech bubble which means the content of the document is spoken out. Bottom-right text box states: Scan Text on the Envision App.
Being able to read any kind of text instantly with Envision opens up limitless possibilities to participate more in the activities that mean the most to you. 

It’s not just following handwriting: it’s the ability to help with homework.

It's not just reading a letter: it's hearing the news first.

Power in your pocket

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Instant Text

Read any kind of short text with 'Instant Text'. From food labels, café menus to travel notice boards and subway signs. Hear what you need to know, instantly.

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Scan Text

Turn any text into speech with 'Scan Text'. Be it handwritten notes, newspapers, magazines or even your favourite recipes. Now with even more 'Smart Guidance' and 'Layout Detection'.

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Dive into that book with 'Batch Scan' and listen back at leisure from your 'Envision Library'.

Other features

There's a lot more to it

Smart Guidance Icon showing a document and three arrows pointing to each side of the document
Smart guidance

Automatically and accurately captures text in one go.

Language Detection Icon showing a round speechbubble and a globe inside.
Language detection

Identifies and reads text out in the correct language and voice.

Handwriting Icon showing three lines with different peaks and drops
Handwriting recognition

Enjoy reading personal notes and cards.

Layout Detection Icon showing a document with a heading and a two column text.
Layout detection

Detects and speaks out document headings and the correct column order.

Reader Icon showing a person that reads a book.

Scrolls forward, backward, and pause scanned text. You set the pace.

Export Text icon showinga document and an arrow pointing to the right.
Export text

Saves scanned text to your Envision library. Listen back at leisure.

Batch scan icon showing a staple of some documents.
Batch scan

Captures multiple pages of text in one go. Save time and energy.

Describe Scene Icon showing two mountains and the sun in between
Describe scene

Get a description of the scene in front of you. Explore your surroundings.

Detect Colors icon showing a color palette.
Detect colors

Detect the color of the object in front of you. Choose that outfit. 

Find Objects icon showing a a rectangle and a cylinder.
Find objects

Identify popular objects and hear where they are.

Find People icon showing two person and a check mark.ö
Find people

Hear when there are people around you and who you know is in the crowd.

Teach a Face icon showing a person and the head is framed
Teach a face

Teach faces of people you
know so it can recognize them.

Scan barcode icon showing a barcode within a frame.
Scan barcode

Scan product barcodes in stores to learn more about them.


We are growing fast


Pieces of text read


Images described


Available languages



Innovation Recognised

Winner Google Play Award 2019AppleVis Hall of FameComputable Awards 2020KVK Top 100 Most Innovative Companies 2019

Don't just take our word for it

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Andre Louis

Personally, one of my favourite apps of all time. So much so, that remapping the normally pointless Bixby button to load Envision AI was a simple, and to me, sensible choice. Fantastic work, Envision Team.

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Olaf Lichy

I am very surprised about the good quality and speed, how it can now read text. The recognition has made such a big step, that I shall walk more with your app in future. I am really very, very surprised.

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This App is amazing. From scene descriptions to text recognition - (yea, even handwriting!) This type of applications are those that really allow us to increasingly remove little by little the barrier of our disability. Keep up the excellent work!

Built Different

Three times the power



Our results constantly out perform benchmarks of visual recognition.



Continuous developments and updates to make your experience better.



Keeping you, the user, at the center of everything we do.

Try the Envision Glasses

Book a free demo with one of our Envision specialists or buy Envision Glasses directly from the Envision Shop.