AM127 – RayGO

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Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology.  Those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs.
Project RAY is a company on a mission to make smart devices more accessible to all, especially the blind or visually impaired.  Their most recent product, RayGo, is a revolutionary device that provides complete eye-free AND hand-free control over one’s smartphone.  The device can attach to a guide cane or even a dog’s leash, so one hand is always free.  This could also attach to one’s steering wheel, making driving safer for all.  To learn more on RayGo or the company behind it, check out my blog post on ProjectRAY or go to
For more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit  That was your accessibility minute for this week. I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.

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