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Tech helps blind runner become marathoner

Simon Wheatcroft was left with no vision at the age of 18 when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. But that has not come in the way of his becoming an ultramarathon runner who participates in marathons all over the world.

He has used the power of mobile applications to achieve this. He has now entered into a partnership with IBM to develop an app which can help identify possible obstacles during his run and keep him on pace with the rest.

Called eAscot, the app is still under development and will take into account conditions like location.

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