Blind Maps is an interactive smartphone addition that uses a Braille interface to help the visually impaired navigate freely on streets.
Technology by virtue of good design is making our lives easy and efficient. The world is rapidly amplifying and simplifying thanks to it. And this tech revolution is all inclusive. Even the differently abled can enjoy the fruits from the tree of technology. A multitude of gadgets meet their specific needs and nifty add-ons to regular gizmos make everyday tasks convenient.
Blind Maps is a smartphone accessory that enables the visually impaired to navigate and explore locations with ease. Conceived by Ruben van der Vleuten, Andrew Spitz and Markus Schmeiduch for the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, it aides the blind in reading Google Maps. So it’s like a guide dog but not as cute and fuzzy.
Still in its conceptual stages, the device produces slight protrusions on the otherwise smooth surface in tandem with a Google Map reading. These Braille-like elevations are read by the user, and serve as road maps Users can toggle between a Bird’s Eye view and a Line view for their destinations.
Blind Maps also connects to phones via Bluetooth so it can function remotely. The length of the guideline shortens as more distance is covered by the pedestrian. The user can keep reviewing the accuracy of this path finder and their feedback can make the device even better.
I feel that Blind Maps has an edge over the current voice-based apps available in app stores solely because of the system of haptic feedback that is commonplace to the blind. Blind Maps presents a promising future in steering the blind in the right direction and guiding their course of actions every day.
via It’s Nice That