LookTel is developing a suite of revolutionary assistive smartphone applications that bring the most powerful recognition technology of today to the aid of persons with low vision or blindness. The company's newest application, LookTel Recognizer, represents an evolution of NantWorks' patented and proprietary object recognition technology featured in the LookTel "Money Reader", an app launched in March 2011 that has already helped thousands of users with visual impairments or blindness identify and count bills. It earned a 5-star review average and a featured spot in the Apple App Store's "What's Hot" and Apple's "Utility App of the Year" Categories. The original technology was under sponsorship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was awarded two research grants from the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute of Aging (NIA).
LookTel has been featured by the New York Times, Time, Tech Crunch, Engadget, and several other major publications. LookTel was selected as the winner of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. The award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to advance communications accessibility for people with disabilities, was awarded in Washington D.C. on October 28, 2011.
NantWorks LLC is a company founded and led by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Its mission is to converge semiconductor technology, supercomputing, advanced networks, augmented intelligence and other technologies to transform how we work, play and live. Early applications will be in the fields including scientific research and healthcare. NantWorks is building an integrated, evidence-based, genomically-informed, personalized approach to the delivery of care and the development of next generation diagnostics and therapeutics.