A new technology could help the blind navigate around busy subway stations. Anything for neurotic claustrophobes?
Wayfindr is a new app that uses Bluetooth technology to serve as a GPS for visually-impaired underground commuters at Pimlico Station in Westminster.
The app is the result of a collaboration between the Royal London Society for Blind People’s Youth Forum and ustwo, the digital product studio behind the interface.
Using 16 low-energy Bluetooth beacons placed around the station, the app locates its own position and gives the user audible instructions to navigate around ticket halls, down elevators and stairs, and even around the platform.
The Youth Forum’s ultimate goal is to use Wayfindr to standardize audio signage all across London’s public transportation system.
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