EyeTalker is an innovative pair of eye glasses that allow people with severe vision impairment to hear the text
in books, newspapers, magazines, menus, product packages, signs, and other items,
in a multitude of languages.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 285 million people with low vision worldwide and 39 million who are blind. In the USA alone, about 1.3 million are blind, a number which is projected to increase to 1.6 million by 2015 and 2.4 million by 2030 (NFB, 2012). Due to their disability, only 37% of blind adults in the U.S are employed.
While poverty causes blindness, blindness perpetuates poverty due to increased costs and lack of employability. Because blindness is such a debilitating illness, it requires continuous assistance, thereby also limiting the working capacity of others in the family, often times, causing a spiral of poverty in the family.
Currently, there is no affordable mechanism that enables blind people to read text in books, magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and other similar items posing a significant constraint and limitation on their daily lives. While computers and smartphones are able to address some of these issues, these solutions are very expensive and largely targeted for developed countries. Moreover, many solutions such as software and assisted technology equipment are not mobile as many work only through computer-based, LCD screens.
Our goal is to make an affordable product that can be purchased by any individual.
This product will be available FREE of cost to many in the US
thanks to organizations like the Lighthouse for the blind.
Viurniel has vast experience in entrepreneurship and engineering. He works as a Business Systems Analyst for NextEra Energy, Inc. He also owns a contracting firm, A-1 Power Contractors. He has worked on ignition and control systems for rockets, and on UAVs (drones) sponsored by NASA and the DoD.
VP External Relations
Pia is a young veteran in the entrepreneurship and marketing fields. She founded Crea7ive.com in 2006 where she received several awards over the years including 6 Addy Awards in 2012. She has over 9 years of experience working on marketing and software development. At EyeTalker she is in charge of strategy, social media and marketing campaigns.
An MSEE candidate at FIU, Jesus is an Embedded Systems Engineer at Avionica. Jesus is the lead engineer at EyeTalker. Jesus has worked on a NASA sponsored radar system. Viurniel, Esam and Jesus have worked together on prior projects including a NASA sponsored drone, for which they were invited to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to present.
An MSEM candidate, is currently at Blackberry working as an Electrical Engineer. Esam completed his MSEE on December 2012. Esam worked on ignition systems for space crafts at Nova RocketCraft. Viurniel, Jesus and Esam have worked together on prior projects including a NASA sponsored drone, for which they were invited to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to present.
Dr. Seema Pissaris is Professor at FIU and a successful entrepreneur who launched numerous successful companies and was nominated for the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the year award by the Royal Bank of Canada.
Mike Arbitman has a PhD. in Computer Science and became blind after travelling to Asia for work. He is currently helping our team to test the prototype and providing invaluable feedback to improve users' experience.
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