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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Real Life Daredevil Sees Using Only Sound (amazing, news, people, unreal, urban, legend)
The Superpower: Sees using only sound, and can therefore "see" better than anyone. Peak physical strength and enhanced hearing, and an insane ability in acrobatics.
The Real Life Superpower: Ben Underwood is a blind boy whose eyes were removed (he lost them to cancer) when he was three leaving him with absolutely no vision at all.
He can play video games, he can shoot a great game of basketball, he rides his bike around town Sacramento and even rollerblades every now and then. He can also find objects around the house for his mom. Ben uses many aides for the blind, like a braille keyboard and sound software for the blind to use computers. But according to this report, it's what he doesn't use that makes him remarkable. He doesn't use a seeing eye dog, or even a cane. He emits a moderately loud click with his mouth wherever he goes, which allows him to use the bouncing off of the sound to "hear" his surroundings. He can "see" walls, couches, desks, stairs and anything else around him. This allows him to move around like someone who could see. This isn't "easy" or even possible for normal people.
He is the only person in the world who "sees" using only echo-location, kind of like a bat. Now all he needs to do is become a lawyer (like the Daredevil in the comics) and make sure the Ben Affleck doesn't get the rights to his life story.