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‘Google Maps’ For The Blind

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Designers Andrew Spitz, Markus Schmeiduch and Ruben van der Vleuten have developed a Braille-like navigation device for blind people, to help them navigate new routes in cities.

Called ‘Blind Maps’, the device provides the blind with a tactile interface to help them navigate through new routes, intersections and turns—as well as warn them of road hazards.

Although there are voice-guided GPS systems in the market, wearing headphones and listening to the voice while walking can often be a deadly distraction.

By using real-time auditory feedback and their sense of touch, the device will help the blind adapt to unfamiliar environments.

To find out more, click to watch the video below:










[via Design Boom]
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