Blind are no more blind
Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Nov 12, 2015 Last Updated at 05:39 PM IST.
Proud moment for windows users who are criticised a lot when it comes to their choice of mobiles as windows has given them something to brag about. After introducing its recent successful gig of windows 10 platform, its new technology called the “3D soundscape” is now making news by which it could potentially help millions of blind people around the world to become independent.
The technology uses a bone conducting headphone, meaning that the sound traverse from the skull directly to the inner ear, making room for the ear to still hear sounds from the environment. Apart from that a windows Smartphone and a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity is required. After choosing the journey points, the phone navigates you using audio clues and you reach your destination. Cool huh? Just kidding, it works more than just a GPS.
The automated route chosen by the phone will have maximum amount of beacons or sensors installed along the way which tells you and not limited to about say the nicest coffee cafe just next to you, real time bus and train arrivals, details about historical points of interest, even directions to general store’s biscuit aisle where you can pick up your favourite item using your phone to scan barcodes.
65% of the blind people across UK and US are unemployed, the main challenge being mobility and dependency. This technology not only helps them empowered but has array of applications for normal people too as quoted by Dan Hill from the Future Cities Catapult, a partner in this project-“The idea was to use visually impaired people as lead users, but we’re interested in how to make a city more accessible and fluid for everybody. How can the mobility experience improve when everything is connected and talking to each other? The bus stop can talk to your phone, and your phone can talk to the bus, saying you want to get on it – and it could even pre-pay for you. Think how much easier the whole experience of a train station could be.”
A visually impaired man himself, Amos Miller, the executive of Microsoft and the chairman of the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind, got inspired about this idea after his daughter was born. He said “I wanted to be able to take her out for a day, or just go to the cinema – and I thought, ‘how can I make that something that I would not hesitate to do?’”.
By: Rishi Sharma