Blind Runner – level 3

27-11-2020 07:00

Thomas Panek is the 49-year-old president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is a non-profit guide dog training school. Panek’s philosophy on running is simple. If you love the sport, do not let anything stop you from doing it.

This motto pushed Panek to finish more than 20 marathons; however, he has taken this philosophy even farther. Panek started working with Google and software engineers, and they came up with a concept that enables a blind person to run independently.

They tested the technology in Central Park in New York City along a line that was temporarily painted there. Panek completed a solo 5-kilometer run using a smartphone, a pair of headphones, and Google’s program called Guideline. AI-based Guideline uses a library of images to guide a runner on his course. The app can also tell the runner’s positioning and provide directions.

Difficult words: philosophy (a set of ideas), motto (a short sentence or phrase that expresses the beliefs of a person or group of people), concept (a general idea), AI (artificial intelligence, a computer technology that allows something to be done in a way that is similar to the way that a human would do it).

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