Through the use of pre-programmed beacons, blind users are able to use the App and their smart device to receive step by step directions to locations tagged within a building with a beacon. Venues can place custom beacons at key points such as exits, elevators, ATM machines, bathrooms etc. which would then allow a blind user to pull up a list of the beacons via the app, and navigate to any marked area. The possibilities for the technology are endless, and are not impacted by the size of the location. I personally used as well as saw the App in use during the ATIA conference, and I can say that it could be the beginning of independent indoor navigation for the blind in the US. Currently the developers of Right Here explorer are hoping to expand in the US.
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