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Nigerians Bring Tech to Visually Impaired


FILE: Two elementary school students engrossed in a mobile phone. Taken October 11, 2022.

A Nigerian start up called Vinsighte is using technology to assist the visually impaired, with several products including "smart" reading glasses that convert text to audio.

About 15.3% of the world's blind population resides in Africa, according to the World Health Organization, where they often lack the resources and support needed to succeed in school and everyday life.

"I wanted to just try and see if we could build something that could solve the problem and that was where it all started," said Vinsighte CEO Kolawole Tomi.

About 15.3% of the world's blind population resides in Africa, according to the World Health Organization, where they often lack the resources and support needed to succeed in school and everyday life.

The Nigerian firm is adding to "accessibility" features on mobiles and other tech devices. Mobiles and computers can already take verbal 'dictation' from users - the challenge has been to make what it shown on the screen accessible by the visually impaired.

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