This App Makes Walk Signals Accessible for the Visually Impaired

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 14, 2015
References: indiegogo & fastcoexist
'SeeLight' is a new app that makes walk signals safer and more accessible for the visually impaired. While audible traffic signals do exist, this kind of technology is not available in all cities. SeeLight helps blind users better navigate city streets by letting them know when it is safe to cross the road.

The innovative app relies on a combination of government information and corwdsourced data to determine the length of each traffic light. Users who wish to contribute to SeeLight can simply point their smartphone at a traffic light and the app will calculate how long a signal takes to change. Based on this data, the app can provide audible walk signals for those who are blind or visually impaired.

While many cities are trying to make their streets safer and more accessible, this mobile platform calls on local people to help speed up the process of change.