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Sightless Expedition Aids

The Peepo Explorer Helps Guide the Blind Through the Urban Jungle

— August 10, 2011 — Lifestyle
The Peepo Explorer is a conceptual gadget designed to help the blind navigate safely in crowded public places. Created by designer Steffan Williams in conjunction with Peepo, this device uses WiFi and RFID to help the blind plot a safe route through places such as the mall.

The Peepo Explorer picks up WiFi or RFID beacons placed on points of interest and feeds them to the user. The user can then select which places to visit and the Peepo Explorer plots out the safest and most convenient route. The device feeds instructions to the user through an included USB headset and also comes with a number pad to let users make trips audible on the fly.
Trend Themes
1. Assistive Tech Navigation - Developing gadgets for assisting the blind to navigate crowded urban spaces through the use of WiFi, RFID technology.
2. Wearable Tech for Accessibility - Creating wearable technology for the visually impaired to aid them in negotiating crowded public places.
3. Intelligent Route Planning - Developing route-planning system that utilizes landmarks via RFID to guide the blind safely through congested public areas
Industry Implications
1. Wearable Technology - Companies in this sector have the opportunity to innovate wearable tech that assists the visually impaired in navigating crowded spaces
2. Smart City Solutions - Smart city solutions companies can develop accessible innovations, such as the Peepo Explorer, which make cities more navigable for those with a visual impairments.
3. Healthtech - Developments in assistive technology for the visually impaired can be addressed under healthcare technology, as it promotes wellness for individuals with disabilities.
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