Imagine you’re one of the 385 milli people around the world who live with sight loss. Picture yourself in line or at the table in a busy restaurant. How do you read the menu?
Like three quarters of people living with sight loss, you can’t read braille. Your server is too busy to read the menu to you and the text recognition apps on your phone can’t recognize the text in the menu or digital screens. You feel uncomfortable asking for help, so you order “the special” without knowing your favourite meal is on the menu.
MenuVox was founded in 2018 to solve these problems. We make a mobile app that automatically detects your location via GPS or BlueTooth beacon and retrieves the menu for the
specific restaurant right to your mobile phone. No typing, searching or browsing required. Users download the app for free. Restaurants pay an affordable annual subscription to host menus on our platform.
MenuVox was kickstarted by an accessibility projects grant from the G. Raymond Chang School of continuing Education at Ryerson University. After two years of surveying customers with and without sight loss, user testing and several iterations of the app, MenuVox is poised to launch in 2020 with an iOS app. We plan on launching an Android app in 2021.
To a user with sight loss, MenuVox means dignity, confidence and independence. To a restaurant, MenuVox means efficiency, increased customer loyalty and compliance with accessibility law.