Technology is changing the world, that’s what inspired Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds who are both registered as blind to develop an idea which would transform a smartphone into an amazing tool for people with little or no vision.
Georgie Phone South Africa
The Georgie story from Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds
We love walking in a beautiful country park teeming with wild-life close to home but we were always getting lost, not finding the right path and taking the wrong turn.
In 2011 we realised that a touchscreen phone had the potential to help us with this. We hired a creative developer, Alan Dean Kemp to develop a smartphone with which we could record crucial landmarks so that whenever we passed them the phone could alert us so we would always know where we were.
This was the start of an amazing technology journey of creating, testing and re-designing. With its many in-built sensors and detection systems, internet connectivity and GPS and a host of databases, it very quickly became far more than a phone or landmark finder.
Alan has created a suite of tools and utilities that are specifically designed to help people with little or no sight to be able to live communicate and travel independently.
The difference that the product is making to its users is profound, people love the freedom and the confidence GeorgiePhone brings them. And we are by no means finished – there are many more exciting developments to come.
“We named our creation Georgie” says Margaret “after my first guide dog, a naughty little Labrador who took me safely wherever I wanted to go, and we have something so useful we want to share it with you”.
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