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LowViz Guide launched to help visually impaired people navigate new indoor environments
VIENNA, AUSTRIA/PALO ALTO, CA – indoo.rs, the technology leader in indoor localization and navigation, is the backbone of MDSupport’s LowViz Guide that was debuted last week at the 2015 National ADA Symposium in Atlanta, GA. The app assists visually impaired people navigate new indoor environments, such as events, helping remove barriers.
indoo.rs was contacted by Dan Roberts, the director of MDsupport, to create an app for their community, using indoo.rs’ patented indoor location and navigation software. The idea was, as GPS cannot be used inside a building, another method had to be found to help guide people through a new building. Roberts was charged with researching the options and after seeing how a similar project at the San Francisco Airport is working decided to contact indoo.rs to see if they could help with their unique specifications.
As GPS was not an option it was up to finding technology that doesn’t require satellite position to help visually impaired people navigate a new environment. This is not an easy task, and was made more difficult, as Roberts required a setup that would not be based in any one given location, as the conferences, events symposiums would be in different places each time. This required a very different solution.
The answer was to work with indoo.rs to create a white-label app that could be configured to multiple locations. As indoo.rs uses a range of technologies, consisting of client-side technology that combines available signals from the device sensors (including accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and compass) with radio signals from Wi-Fi and iBeacons (Bluetooth LE),this guarantees accurate and robust positioning. indoo.rs unique sensor fusion and post-processing methodology delivers highly accurate positioning estimates, at the same time keeping footprint and power consumption low.
This all sounds hugely technical, so here it is simplified; the app is based on the indoo.rs technology, using multiple sensors to accurately pinpoint a person’s positions and guide them to where they want to go.
“This has been the most ambitious and far-reaching project in our 20-year history. The outstanding Indoo.rs team has been able to deliver an app that is sure to help countless low vision people to match the navigation skills of their sighted counterparts.”
Other people at the 2015 National ADA Symposium were very enthusiastic after trying the app out for themselves.
“I like this, because it’s subtle. No one has to know I’m visually impaired.”
“I’ve never heard of anything like this before. It’s fantastic.”
MDsupport is a community that “offers free information and personal assistance for people dealing with macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases.” LowViz Guide is the newest in the organization’s impressive list of outreach projects.