Wayfindr: A Navigation System For Blind People
“Wow! That was literally like someone guiding you through the journey.” – Kevin
Wayfindr is a navigation system that allows visually impaired people to use their cell phones to get step by step direction to navigate independently through a city or a physical location without the need for asking for directions or assistance by others. The location has a bunch of beacons (think sensors) attached in every nook and corner that communicate with the blind person’s phone. The moment a blind person enters that area, the beacons start sending instructions/ step by step directions on how they can get to their desired destination. These audio directions are received by an app on the phone.
Just today, Wayfindr announced that it received $1 million from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, to set up beacons at London’s busy Euston station, which gets around 3.4 million visitors daily. The bluetooth beacons will start providing instructions to get from point A to B within that station and also start collecting information which would be used to eventually create an open standard of guidelines that could be used by other similar systems or apps. In the future, a blind person may be anywhere in the world, they would easily use the beacons and their smartphone to navigate different parts of their local city.
The grant will allow the Euston station project to acelerate over the next three years. If you are in London, keep an eye on the Euston station and watch how Wayfindr progresses over the next three years!
“That was amazing! I am not joking. I couldn’t have done it myself.” – Terri
Source: Wayfindr via Wired, Engadget
Image source: Wired
Just wonderful, applause for all and all those people and companies involved in this project, in a few years would be great to have this development worldwide . What a good new.