Introducing Wayfinder Angel™
new trails for mobility and economic
Wayfinder Angel combines GPS, remote sensing and communication technologies to create a virtual guide system that can enable confident and safe navigation in complex environments that have been difficult, confusing or hazardous in the past.
The heart of the service is a special pair of sunglasses that have a video camera lens and a two-way communication link to an operations center staffed with personal assistants who can guide the visually impaired person on the desired route to and even inside the intended destination.
The system is based on an invention (patent pending) developed in the Twin Cities. WayFinder Angel Corporation is a Minneapolis-Saint Paul-based start-up formed to commercialize this system.
Nearly 80 percent of the visually impaired are unemployed and rely on social service agency benefits for subsistence. The WayFinder Angel service and the enhanced mobility it offers can be a path to better prospects for employment and economic self-sufficiency. Social service agencies that fund the WayFinder Angel service for previously unemployed clients are likely to see the service pay for itself in part, with income that reduces need for direct assistance payments.
There's more to read about the opportunities WayFinder Angel offers, but the best way to grasp the potential impact of WayFinder Angel is to hear it from Michael Hanson, the Minneapolis attorney who is leading the new venture. Blind since birth, Mr. Hanson earned his law degree at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus. Click on the picture above to hear the WayFinder Angel story.