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Accessible Location Information Delivered via GPS Cell Phone for People with Visual Impairments

Principal researcher

Name: Michael May

Contact details: Sendero Group, LLC., 1118 Maple Lane, Davis, CA  95616-1723, United States of America.
Tel: +1 530 757 6800; Fax: +1 530 757 6830
Email: mikemay@senderogroup.com

Website: www.wayfinding.org

Project details

Start date: 01/11/2006
End date: 22/01/2009

Description: This project develops an accessible GPS cell phone, which provides critical information about businesses, addresses, distances, and routes, thereby greatly augmenting the personal mobility of a traveler who is blind visually impaired. Specific activities include integrating the existing accessible GPS innovations with "smart" cell phone technology. The marriage of GPS and cell phones exists in the general market but it is screen based with a graphical interface rendering it completely inaccessible for blind and visually impaired individuals. Developing an interface to meet the needs of the nation's blind and visually impaired travelers, i.e. translating the visual information into spoken text, is a central focus of this project. A consortium of three organizations with investigators from research centers and industry collaborate on this project. The consortium systematically evaluates project activities. Dissemination via various avenues includes conferences, webcasts/online discussions, end user lists, various media outlets, and presentations. The end result of this project is to provide a commercially available talking GPS cell phone.

Other organisations involved in this project

Last updated: 19/03/2010