With the help of a smartphone, Simon Wheatcroft literally hasn't let the degenerative condition that caused his blindness to slow him down. Simon learned to run on open roads by marrying the feeling of surfaces underfoot with announcements from RunKeeper, an app that reads pace and mileage information aloud. From his first solo run outdoors, it took him just seven months to enter his first 100-mile race. Today he continues to adapt technologies from Voice Search to Twitter to Google Glass in reaching new goals _ such as the Ocean Floor Race that sees entrants use GPS to navigate 160 miles across Egypt's White Desert.

Watch his talk below at Think Performance and check out his &Adapt blog.

October 2014