During my minor intelligent environments, I did a project with two students for Koninklijke Viso Amsterdam. Koninklijke Visio is an expertise centre for visually impaired and blind people.
Visually impaired individuals experience trouble navigating new locations, causing most to refrain from navigating new locations by themselves. To assist them in navigating by themselves we have developed an application that, in combination with iBeacons, gives users instructions and informs them as to what expect ahead and which recognizable landmarks are around them. The results indicate a slight improvement in sense of security and participants commented positively on the usefulness of the app for walking new routes.
We have developed an iPhone application that gives users instructions when they are in the proximity of a beacon. These instructions inform about potential hazards ahead of them and which recognizable landmarks are around them. I made a video of the prototype. Watch the video.
I am proud that we were able to present a demo of our prototype at the UbiComp / ISWC 2016 trade fair in Heidelberg, Germany.
Want to know more about the project? Please do not hesitate to contact me.
During this project I have been busy with research, user testing and UX and visual design.