Feb. 21, 2012 -
Two friends in Atlanta prove to be great detectives, even though they are both legally blind. Here's a look at how they tracked down a missing iPhone.
Because he's blind, Vincent Martin's iPhone is more than just a phone. Specially equipped to listen and talk to him, it's his lifeline to the world.
Last Friday, he lost that lifeline after dropping off his seeing-eye dog Karson, for some medical tests. The former paralympic athlete took a checker cab back to the Georgia Tech campus, where he's a grad student. Then he panicked. Martin called on his friend, Synge Tyson, who's almost blind herself. She managed to find a signal from Vincent's iPhone on her iPad.
Tyson said, "It would change locations and i said, 'your phone has gotta still be in this taxi because it's a taxi pattern'."
Synge and Vincent said they contacted the cab company and Atlanta police, but got no help. So two days later they did their own detective work following the signal. Sunday afternoon Vincent's brother drove him around looking for his missing cell phone while Synge tracked it on her iPad. It led them straight to the cabbie's home in Clayton County.
Vincent said the cabbie was surprised, "He was just flabbergasted, cause he was like, he didn't even know it was a phone; I really don't think he had any idea what was going on."
Now Vincent Martin has his lifeline again, thanks to his brother, his friend Synge, and their persistence.