A Smartphone App Helps Blind People Navigate The London Tube With Beacons And Bluetooth


Good news for blind people wanting to travel on the London Tube. While at the moment they still have to rely on station staff to assist them on to their train, a new smartphone app created by the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB’s) Youth Forum and digital product studio ustwo could help them in the future navigate the city independently.

The app, called Wayfindr, uses Bluetooth and beacon technology to trace the user’s location in the subway and give him audible directions. A prototype has been recently trialled at Pimlico station, where sixteen beacons have been installed.

The system is pretty clever: it uses bone conduction headphones that rest on the blind person’s cheeks, giving him turn-by-turn directions on where to go and on the obstacles to avoid, each time a beacon’s signal is picked up by the smartphone.

At the same time, the headphones do not prevent…

View original post 174 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s