Nigerian start-up uses tech to help the visually impaired

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A Nigerian start-up called Vinsighte is using technology to assist the visually impaired, with several products including “smart” reading glasses that convert text to audio.

About 15.3 percent of the world’s blind population resides in Africa, according to the World Health Organization, where they often lack the resources and support needed to succeed in school and everyday life.

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“I wanted to just try and see if we could build something that could solve the problem and that was where it all started,” said Vinsighte CEO Kolawole Tomi.

Kolawole Tomi, CEO of Vinsighte, displays an image of Visis hardware prototype, which aims at helping Visually impaired people read, on his laptop at his office in Lagos, Nigeria October 12, 2022. (Reuters)
Kolawole Tomi, CEO of Vinsighte, displays an image of Visis hardware prototype, which aims at helping Visually impaired people read, on his laptop at his office in Lagos, Nigeria October 12, 2022. (Reuters)

The company distributes its products to schools and institutions and estimates it has reached about 5,000 people.

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