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2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award Winner

Blind? There Is An App For That.
by Stephen Weir written for Huffington Post

On top of my fridge there is a growing pile of spectacles. Reading glasses. Seeing for distance. Prescription sunglasses.Half glasses. Safety glasses. Sigh. I guess I always knew that loss of vision was all part of the aging process, but it has happened a bit too soon for my liking.Luckily a remarkable teenager from Markham has come up with an App that will fix all that. I am still a long way away--I hope -- from needing to use an App created by 17 year old student Anmol Tukrel.He has created iDentifi that helps a visually impaired person identify objects by using a smartphone. The app uses the phone’s camera and artificial intelligence to provide audio identification of objects, brands, colour, facial expressions, handwriting and text. I caught up to him at the Ontario Science Centre earlier this week while he was being presented with the $2,000 2017Weston Youth Innovation Award.I was way in over my head when the…