Ray Seymour wanted to help his friend Vincent Wojtusik better navigate his own house. As a blind person himself, Wojtusik used a walking came, which didn't really serve the purpose of getting him around the house sufficiently. Seymour eventually developed Digital Eyes, which is a handheld rangefinder that works alongside iPhones to serve as a flashlight.
The device uses sensors to measure the distance between objects. When the user gets close to objects, Digital Eyes sends an alert to their smartphone via low-powered Bluetooth.
The first batch of Digital Eyes is expected to begin shipping in September 2014. The company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $48,000 by July 22nd. At the time of this post, they have received just under $3,000 in funding. Learn more about Digital Eyes in the video below.