The ICY App Aids Visually Impaired with Vocal Cues on Surroundings

By: Laura McQuarrie - Apr 1, 2015
References: stuff.co.nz & ibeaconsblog
A group of students from WelTec created ICY, a vision app that provides audio information on the immediate surroundings of an individual with a vision impairment. Some of these cues include details on signs and plaques on buildings of historical significance, giving notable locations an added layer of accessibility.

The ICY app is able to communicate thanks to beacon technology, which will provide alerts that will describe: "You are outside Petone Post Office." In this situation, in order to extract more information from the app, users would be able to tap their phones to find out the opening hours of the post office or where the nearest mail slot is located.

In response to this helpful app, Ali Bradshaw, who is blind, describes that the ICY app "Could revolutionize my life."