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At OttLite, our mission is to help people enjoy life to the fullest — so our heroes are people who do just that.

Our rockstars come from all different walks of life; they love different things; but every day they’re relentlessly pursuing their passions, and we’re so proud to help them do that.

This is our way of celebrating them.


Don Barry - CEO & President of OttLite
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Kyle's Vision
Born prematurely and weighing only 1 pound 4 ounces, Kyle Cartier’s mother’s wedding band fit around his tiny leg. Enduring six surgeries in his first four months of life, Kyle proved to be a rock star right from birth.

Due to his initial trials, Kyle has no vision in his right eye and has low vision in his left. However, Kyle did not let his vision deficiency hold him back from being a source of change and inspiration.

Now 13 years old, Kyle is a middle school honor student with a mission to help others.

For a school science project, Kyle invented a new type of white walking cane - the universal item that identifies a blind person. Most white canes are reflective making the user only visible to others when light shines on it, something that Kyle felt was a safety issue. Using a donated cane from Lighthouse of Pinellas, an organization serving the visually impaired community, he drilled holes into the cane and embedded LED lights. With a constant light source, Kyle’s UR SEEN Cane makes users more visible to drivers and other pedestrians.

The UR SEEN Cane was a huge hit. Not only did it earn him the top prize at his school science competition, but also grabbed the attention of an investor interested in introducing it to the marketplace. The UR SEEN Cane is in the patenting process and will soon be available to help others’ lives. Thanks to Kyle’s insight and motivation, he has created a safer world for the visually impaired.

Kyle truly understands the importance of good light in all aspects of life. “Because of my vision impairment, if the light isn’t right in the room, I can’t even do my homework. My OttLite has natural light that makes it easier for me to see.”

With plenty of help from his parents Katherine and Steve Cartier, plus training and support from Lighthouse of Pinellas, Kyle has shown everyone how to overcome life’s challenges – including his own.
Kyle's Favorite OttLite Products
Because of my vision impairment, if the light isn’t right in the room, I can’t even do my homework. My OttLite has natural light that makes it easier for me to see and it isn’t hot. I personally like the desk style.
-Kyle Cartier
Previous Rock Stars

Gary Richardson

Terri Kacie

Nikki Ferraro

Claudine Hellmuth