Innovative technology aids war veteran - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/15/09

Innovative technology aids war veteran

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Twenty-three year old Iraqi war soldier Specialist Steven Baskis of the US Army is using cutting edge technology for the blind.  His high-end cell phone cost $2000.  It has GPS, it can tell when the lights are on in a room, and if it touches his clothes, it can tell him the colors he's wearing.  Plus, it can read any document, including the morning paper.  Spc. Baskis says, "If I didn't have this, it would be really hard for me just to get around and do things."

Even though he was blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Steve is still in the army, fixing small engines and teaching computer science to the blind. Baskis is the subject of a soon to be released documentary about coping with a disability.

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