[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Apps, maps
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Fri Dec 7 10:14:12 UTC 2012
A Mapping App For The Blind Talks You Through The Neighborhood
BlindSquare uses FourSquare check-ins to give the visually impaired a
sense of what's popular, reads them the menu, and then directs them to
Visually impaired aim for awards
Six students have signed up to take part, and have been practising their
map reading skills around campus,
'Indoor GPS': Every step you take, every move you make, Google's got
maps for you
Google has thrown its weight
<http://maps.google.com/help/maps/indoormaps/index.html> behind indoor
navigation and says the technology is reaching the tipping point, while
Australian firms have developed competing technology that they say could
roll out in shopping centres like Westfield and QIC within six months.
Australian researchers are also using it to try to give independence
back to the blind or visually impaired.
Color ID Free
Color Identifier uses the camera on your iPhone or iPod touch to speak
the names of colors in real-time. It's an Augmented Reality app for
discovering the names of the colors around you!
Teignmouth Cliffden hotel given RNIB 'tactile maps'
Teignbridge District Council is helping visitors with visual impairments
get the best out of their holidays in Teignmouth by donating 'tactile
maps' to the Cliffden Hotel.
The Council has given the hotel the six special maps each containing
raised profiles of street layouts with street names and useful
information written in Braille, so people with little or no sight can
find their way around the seaside town.
Hallam students rise to the new Challenge
A WOMAN who created a series of tactile maps to help visually impaired
people find their way around London's Olympic Park is in the running for
a top prize.
Patricia Dieng is one of seven former Sheffield Hallam students to have
reached the finals of this year's Sheffield Hallam University Enterprise
Other finalists include Mike Moore, Julie Bishop, Chloe Oakland and
Katie Stalker and David Hewitt and Mark Tuckett.
Patricia Dieng completed an MA in industrial design and then worked as a
design researcher before launching TacMap, which makes maps that help
people with visual impairment to navigate buildings and venues by
identifying where key features like the lifts and the exits are.
A feel for direction
*A visually impaired man Thursday reads a subway map designed for the
blind by Shanghai metro authorities. The map is supposed to make it
easier for the blind to navigate the subway.*
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