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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