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How Five High School Kids Are Changing Payments For The Visually Impaired

Right now, it looks like a blood pressure cuff with wires and tiny boxes attached to it. Or, perhaps, an oversized watchband, one that was made by a child stuck inside on a rainy day. But it’s only a prototype — one invented by high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay area — that could one day change how blind consumers handle payments and commerce, along with other daily tasks.

And it’s already won the approval and support of Visa.

Blindsight is the name of a team of engineering students that formed at Dublin High School in the East Bay region of Northern California. In May, they won the school’s Entrepreneur Project contest with a device designed to be worn on a visually impaired person’s arm, which will provide location and navigation guidance, object and people recognition, and payments and commerce capabilities. Jaiveer Singh, a co-founder of the student team, discussed with PYMNTS the ideas behind the device, and what it could mean for millions of consumers.


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