New technology by a blind software developer at Microsoft could improve lives

Saqib Shaikh, a software developer from London, lost his sight at the age of seven has been developing an application to help him see. Shaikh, who currently works at Microsoft, has incorporated artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, image recognition and mobile headset technologies into an app which hopes he hopes will give him the freedom that sighted people take for granted everyday.

The app that runs on smartphones and on pivothead smartglasses gives Shaikh the ability to ‘see’ the world around him in a way that would have been considered fodder for a science fiction movie only ten years ago.

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