The blind and visually-impaired communities worldwide have a new product on the market that can improve their quality of life. The product is Eli, and the inventor is Ron Klein, a successful businessman and staunch advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
What is Eli? Eli is a personal assistant for the visually-impaired population ELI impaired that identifies objects. It is not a QR Code Scanner. ELI uses unique and special QR coded adhesive labels that do not limit the amount of voice recording that can be stored with each label. Each label is associated with the unique language of the user. Each unique QR coded label is programmable and can be re-recorded an unlimited number of tomes. Ele has built-in voice guided instruction to assist in guiding users through th App.
A free app can be obtained by visiting http://envisioneli.com/ and in Apple Store or Google Play.
With an estimated 280 million visually-impaired people world-wide, The worldwide market for Eli is in the tens of millions.
The 81- year-old Ron Klein is too modest to think of himself as a genius. Despite his denials he definitely is a genius. A definition that suits him is, “A genius is a person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative either generally or in some particular aspect.”
A problem solver, his ideas have changed the way businesses do business. Now he wants to change the way visually-impaired people identify common everyday objects. What has he done for business, that resulted in businesses operating more efficiently and more profitable? He is the inventor of the Magnetic Strip on the Credit Card, Credit Card Validity Checking System and the creator of a computerized systems for Real Estate (MLS) Multiple Listing Services, Voice Response for the Banking Industry and BOND Quotation and Trade Information for the New York Stock Exchange. His credo in working, with success being the result, is keeping it simple student.
Klein has made Eli simple to operate.
“All you need to operate Eli is a smart phone and a set of labels,” says a blind Wilford Jackson, a student at New York University majoring in information technology.
”Your philosophy on life and continuing to make a contribution as long as you can was, for me, the most important piece of wisdom I gleaned from our time with you. So I thank you for that!” Maria Gamb.
Joe Crisco says, ”For any who have a dream of inventing a product or bringing one they’re designing to market, Ron is the man to talk with and one of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet. One brief conversation with Ron earlier this year and he quickly identified a huge hole in my business model I wasn’t seeing.”
Always the business man, Klein was focused as he developed Eli. In his mind he was thinking, “Don’t sell ideas, sell benefits.” Selling benefits is exactly what he is doing with Eli.
“A couple of the user benefits associated with Eli are a rise in independence, and a decrease in the amount of time visually-impaired person spends trying to identify objects,” says Jackson. He praises Eli for its simplicity.
Legally blind Sharon Toole says. “I think Eli can also be used to help me go from point A to point B without getting lost.’ She is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA majoring in business.
Klein applies these principles in his teaching and in his inventions. His advice to his students is simplify and understand what you already know; how to change your thinking patterns; how to get there by showing you how he did it; and how to approach your challenge in a simple way.
Klein believes to be successful you must be smart, daring and different.Toole sees Eli as smart, daring and different.
There are four steps to making Eli work. They are paste the Eli label on any object. Scan the label with the Eli app and record a message. Rescan the label to hear the label. Re-record any label with a different message. This is done by using a set of adhesive labels that the user can stick on anything and using the app to record a voice message that will be played anytime the user points the mobile device at it.
The price for buying 100 labels is $20.The labels can be ordered online by visiting http://envisioneli.com/.
Klein says, “I wanted to make the program universally affordable.”
Ever the businessman, Klein offers sellers a percentage of the $20 for the labels if they sell them. Toole believes that a visually-impaired college student might do well for himself or herself selling Eli during the summer.
Klein believes the App and the labels can greatly increase the confidence of the users. He is confident that Eli can be used worldwide and benefit people of all ages.
Klein urges people to try Eli for free. Interested parties can go to envisioneli.com scan the sample label, download,the free app then print the label on the website.
In is effort to reach as many blind people as he can, Klein intends to reach out to the National Federation of the Blind, American Council of the Blind, The American Foundation for the Blind and other organization working with visually-impaired people.