Excerpt from Hypepotamus article, written by Muriel Vega
25.5 million adults in the United States have reported vision loss, ranging from partial to total blindness. One of those individuals is David Furukawa, who was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease in college and gradually lost his sight. As he felt a loss his independence in tandem with vision loss, Furukawa shared his pain points with friends Tara Williams and Chris Webb.
The timing was right, as both technologists were looking for their next project. They decided to find a way to use technology to provide more access and independence to the blind and visually impaired. Aside from broad prompts from a smartphone or GPS, visually-impaired individuals often can’t easily locate the entrance of a business, read the menu at a restaurant, or even find the bathroom.
That’s how smart city beacon startup Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) was born. “We’re providing a voice to the physical world for people who are blind and visually impaired,” says CEO Williams.
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Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) CEO Tara Williams spoke to attendees at the Earle Baum Tech Fair in Santa Rosa, CA Dec 4, 2017 on how the FAR Vision smartphone application and FAR Personal Beacons enable greater independence for the blind and visually impaired.
Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) Chief Experience Officer (CXO) David Furukawa spoke to the National Federation of the Blind Georgia State Convention on ‘Restoring Independence through Technology’ utilizing the FAR Vision smartphone app.
Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) hosted the first annual ‘Eye on Accessibility’ event in Decatur Square on September 10, 2017. The event was held to raise awareness and celebrate the City of Decatur’s adoption of the FAR system in the city’s buildings, including the Police Station, City Hall and area Rec Centers.
Despite an impending hurricane and high winds, the event was well attended by participants eager to learn more about the new system.
Demonstrations and information were provided by FAR and other industry groups,
The event featured fun for the whole family and a raffle benefiting the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI). Raffle winners were able to walk away with incredible prizes, including signed jerseys from Atlanta Hawks Mike Muscala and Atlanta Falcon Morten Andersen.
Watch videos from the event on the FAR YouTube channel: