A blind man ran a distance of five kilometers in Central Park, New York, without relying on a dog or human assistance, using artificial intelligence only through headphones installed in a smartphone.
“The safest thing for a blind man is to stay where he is, but I don’t stay in my place,” said Thomas Panek, 50, who lost his sight in his early twenties due to a genetic condition and now runs a used dog school to help the blind.
The man with a passion for marathons was tired of using slow guide dogs, and decided about a year ago to find a way to run on his own.
Banik, who believes that people are “born to run”, turned to Google to find a way to phone to “show him the way.” She worked with her to set up a search program, and the smartphone’s camera picks up a guide line drawn on the running track, and the app monitors the person’s location and provides them with audio guides through hearing aid.
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