Local Vero Beach High School Student Develops Device To Assist The Visually Impaired

by Holly Gambrell Oct 01, 2018 10:24 AM

Local Vero Beach High School Student Develops Device To Assist The Visually Impaired

In Vero Beach, a Saint Edward's School 11th grader is doing his best to help others see as clearly as possible.

Treasure Coast resident Omar Shareef, 16, has created prototypes for a glove and eyeglasses that will be used to assist the blind.

The glasses have cameras installed into them that translate surrounding objects, faces and text into voice descriptions.

Shareef developed the prototypes after he saw the difficulties faced by the visually impaired during a visit to an orphanage in India, as well as PALS day in his school—a day where students are paired with disabled children.

The glove and eyeglasses are currently under provisional patent pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with plans to launch the product in 2020. The visual device is called Second Sight ™.

Shareef will be raising funds for the project by hosting a Dark Dinner event where guest will dine in the dark. The date is to be determined.

If you have any questions, or would like to support Shareef in his mission, you may contact him directly at omars1@steds.org.

Photo courtesy of Omar Shareef

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