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Alex Deans, youth creator of wearable tech for the blind, discusses the inventing process

Dec 04, 2018· By Wendy Lovinger

He started with just CA$100 worth of GPS shields and wires at aged 12. Now the 20-year-old student is readying to take his iAid navigation device for the visually impaired to market

Alex Deans is a chemical engineering major in his senior year at McGill University. He is also the inventor of the iAid, a carefully engineered belt inspired by bat sonar that helps the blind and partially sighted navigate the world without the help of guide dogs or white canes.

CompassList caught up with Deans after the recent South Summit in Madrid, where he gave one of the keynote speeches, to discuss how he conceived and developed the wearable tech. 

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

 

Q: How would you describe the iAid to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

Edited by Bernice Tang

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