I've not made a secret about the fact that I'm visually handicapped. It's been part of my life since birth, I'm not ashamed of it, and I think I've done a pretty good job in a world that was never designed for the disabled. The ONLY thing I can't do is drive a car, which can be challenging at times, but has never stopped me from living a great life, albeit with the challenges of being very nearsighted.
I've always been fascinated with technology, from building crystal radio sets as a kid to seeing the potential of this thing called the Internet back in the early 90's to being at the head of the line with this wacky concept called Social Media a decade ago. One of the things futurists and geeks have always said about technology is that while it could do all kinds of "cool" things, it had the power to change how people live.
I've been fortunate enough to work with a smartphone app that literally can let the blind and partially sighted see. The app is called Aipoly, and there's an article about the app now on Newsweek.com and it will be in their April 8th print edition. The article talks about the app and the kind of work that goes into developing such a revolutionary piece of software. It also shows that the people who predicted all the good things technology could do were indeed right. The same device that you use for Snapchat and Tinder can also have Aipoly, and that's a blessing for thousands, someday maybe millions. Here's the article, hopefully shared with the permission of Newsweek.