Africa Tech Rising

The app lending eyes to the blind

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A South African app allows volunteers to remotely assist blind people

Over 10,000 people from 50 countries have signed up

The algorithm connects people of the same culture and age

CNN  — 

Two years ago South African Chris Venter lost his eyesight from a virus he contracted while travelling.

A former chef, he was determined to keep cooking. To do so, he’s had to relearn how to navigate a kitchen and even how to chop onions. If he wants to pour milk, he has a device that beeps when the glass is nearly full.

But there are still obstacles, like seeing the color of the onion, or the milk’s expiration date.