Once in a while, I’m inspired by someone using our webcams in a surprising way.
Ed Gallagher lost his vision last year after a seven-year battle with a virus that destroyed his retinas. Instead of giving up the activities he loves, he applied his positive outlook and innovative thinking to develop a solution that allows him to do things like bike, shop, and ski. In fact, through the help of his Logitech webcam, Skype and a few friends, Ed even continues to sail the San Francisco Bay as he has for the past 30 years.
Ed, who is the commodore for the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, “wears” a webcam that is connected to a Netbook running Skype. A friend on the other end of the Skype call directs Ed’s movements, helping him navigate. In this Today Show clip, it’s amazing to see Ed sailing a boat with ease as he continues to enjoy life. Ed hopes to develop a device that could be more easily worn by a blind person. One thing is for sure – his creativity and generosity to others in trying to overcome a physical limitation through the use of technology is truly inspiring.