Blind Maps Creates a Braille-Like Surface to Guide its User

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Feb 18, 2013 • References: & industrialdesignserved
To supplement or even replace the existing voice navigation technologies of the iPhone, Blind Maps offers the visually impaired a way to find point B from point A by following intelligent routes with the tips of their fingers. The innovative device can be connected right to one's smartphone or used with the two synced via bluetooth, facilitating a convenient one-handed system for walking a chaotic city.

A grid on the face of Andrew Spitz' invention produces raised braille-like bumps to form lines and corners that indicate the best path. Courses are suggested through an integration with Google Maps, but they update constantly to cater to the sightless Blind Maps user based on feedback from fellow users. Stats for Tactile Navigation Cell Accessories Trending: Older & Mild
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