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Students in South Africa invent device to assist blind people

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Two final year information technology students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have invented a device that will assist people with vision disabilities move freely and know exactly where they are going, reports SABC News.

It called C4Me (See for me) that enables people who are blind or have low vision to avoid obstacles and move independently in their surroundings .

Siphamandla Mqcina and Philanjalo Ndlovu have been working on the device since June 2019. They recently travelled to Toronto, Canada, where they presented their device at a global workshop.

“C4Me was inspired here on campus. We were walking and when we looked, we found that the person cannot see. So we felt guilty about it and we sat around and discussed the issue. We discussed on how we can help that person with the knowledge that we have about technology.” said Mqcina

Mqcina and Ndlovu have been spending their own money, even sacrificing their bursaries, to ensure that C4Me succeeds.

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