13 Jun '16, 7pm

Mass. school to develop nav. app for visually impaired travele...

Mass. school to develop nav. app for visually impaired travele...

Joann Becker, whose experience inspired the proposal to build a micro-navigation app, navigates towards a bus stop. Photo: Perkins School for the Blind Perkins School for the Blind based in Watertown, Mass. has won a prestigious Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities grant with a proposal to create a micro-navigation solution for millions of commuters and travelers who are blind or have low vision. The $750,000 grant will fund the development of a mobile app to help travelers independently locate bus stops. RELATED: RTC's mobility center features blindness skills training Perkins’ mobile app would pick up where many GPS systems leave off. Most commercially available GPS technology brings users no closer than 30 feet from their target. Perkins anticipates using crowdsourcing to provide detailed navigation clues to bring users to within four to five feet — the standard length...

Full article: http://www.metro-magazine.com/university/news/713784/mass...

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