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According to the World Health Organization there are about 250 million visually impaired people in the world and about 20% of them use a white cane to get around.

While a white cane can help people avoid obstacles at ground level they are left unprotected from objects from the chest up.

Smartphone technology has made it easier for visually impaired people to navigate streets and sidewalks, especially in unfamiliar areas, but it's tough to use a cane in one hand and smartphone in the other.

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Watch as a Visually Impared Mother-To-Be Is Surprised With a 3D Printed Ultrasound Image of Her Son

“Meeting Murilo” is a heartwarming example of 3D printing being put to good use.

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In the decades since being introduced as a prenatal tool, ultrasound imaging has afforded soon-to-be mothers (and fathers) the opportunity to “meet” their unborn child in as intimate a way as is technologically possible: By seeing their baby, face to face. For many, it’s a profoundly moving moment. But for parents with visual impairments, it’s an experience that can often be frustratingly inaccessible.

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The App That Helps Blind People “See”

Be My Eyes hopes that by pairing volunteer readers with sight-impaired individuals, assistance is just a video chat away.

Danish non-profit Be My Eyes has launched an iOs app that connects the blind community with the sighted, allowing them to navigate the world with a little added help. Created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Be My Eyes uses the video function on iPhones to provide "eyes" for its over 4,000 visually impaired users.

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