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Braille City Maps

The DROP GPS Device Encourages You to Follow Blindly

— April 23, 2010 — Tech
As the blind have done without something like the DROP GPS device for so long, it makes me feel ashamed for us folks with sight who rely so heavily on navigation systems. The palm-size gadget is truly revolutionary. Using the tried and true technology of braille, the DROP GPS device helps guide the visually impaired around a city center, so that they won't end up miles from their destination.

It is how the DROP GPS device actually works that is so amazing. The braille clusters represent the buildings while the flat surfaces represent the streets and alleys. The braille will actually move when the environment changes! That, coupled with an audio guide system, ensures that those without sight will get to exactly where they're going.
Trend Themes
1. Braille Navigation - The use of braille technology in navigation systems presents an opportunity for inclusive and accessible travel for the visually impaired.
2. Sensory Maps - The development of sensory maps with braille representations can encourage a more holistic travel experience for visually impaired individuals.
3. Audio-visual Guides - Combining audio and visual elements in navigation devices can provide an enhanced experience for those with visual impairments while also assisting those with hearing impairments.
Industry Implications
1. Assistive Technology - The development of assistive technologies such as braille navigation devices can provide new revenue streams for tech companies that are committed to social impact.
2. Urban Planning - The use of sensory maps in urban planning can foster greater inclusivity for visually impaired individuals, enhancing the social and economic vitality of a city.
3. Tourism - Using sensory maps and audio-visual guides can cater to the growing demand of accessible tourism, providing a lucrative business opportunity for the tourism industry.
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