UA participates in the development of an application that allows the blind to travel unaccompanied
The University of Alicante Mobile Vision Research Laboratory, together with Neosistec, has developed a novel system of long-range and high-density visual markers for applications to assist the blind
Alicante. 15 February 2018
The MVRLab Mobile Vision Research Laboratory and the technology-based company Neosistec have developed a mobile application that allows the blind to be more independent without the need to be accompanied, even in unknown areas, Navilens.
This is possible thanks to BIDI, a new reading code, (patented by the company in 2016), which allows the mobile device to remotely read coded information in visual markers distributed in a specific area, as published by the EFE agency.
Thus, the application will provide detailed information on the direction to be followed by the user in places where these markers are located, such as a hospital, explained company director Javier Pita at a press conference.
Markers can also store all kinds of information, such as train schedules or notices, so they can be useful for society in general.
This application will be presented to the public at the next Mobile World Congress (MWC) thanks to the Vodafone Foundation, which also announced the other winning projects of its innovation awards, aimed at improving the quality of life of people with disabilities or at risk of exclusion through technology.
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