"The world needs everyone's ideas. And creating an accessible technology world will give an opportunity to everyone," says Kursat Ceylan, Co-founder of WeWalk, a company involved in creating tech solutions for visually impaired people in Tech for Everyone Part 2.
Born blind, Ceylan used his experience to innovate and empower himself as well as other people of determination.
“The technology world is really exciting. But as a blind person, I still had to rely on my traditional white cane,” he tells Ihsan Anabtawi, COO and CMO of Microsoft UAE in the Future Now podcast series.
“Just before the inception of WeWalk, I was in New York to give a speech at the United Nations. While going to my hotel, I was using my traditional white cane with one hand and holding my smartphone to get the GPS direction with the other. At the same time, I had to pull my luggage. Not surprisingly, I bumped into a pole. This is not just my problem. There are more than 250 million visually impaired in the world. That’s why we started to work on WeWalk technology.”
WeWalk is a patented smart cane technology that thousands of visually impaired people today use. With the help of analytical data, cloud technology, AI and more, WeWalk ensures improved mobility and an enriching life for them.
With over a billion people with a disability, technology is not only helping the visually impaired but other people of determination too. "Technology is helping us to think limitless," he says.
In this episode, Ceylan also reveals an exciting new collaboration designed to transform the lives of visually impaired people.
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