The navigation apps that help the visually impaired

A technological revolution is underway improving the lives of many who may benefit from additional assistance says human geographer, Dr Oliver Zanetti.

A smart city?

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An autonomous metro train on the M1 line arrives at DR Byen station in Copenhagen, Denmark — Tim Adams under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

The research

Oliver Zanetti, Visiting Fellow at the Open University, shares his research into the use of assistive smart technology.

The smartphone revolution

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Smartphones have provided portable access to maps and GPS technology — CAFNR under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

A complex challenge

The richness of non-technological information that visually impaired people use to navigate should not be underestimated.

A pluralistic approach

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A growing number of specialist navigation apps are available for the visually impaired — Copyright: Diego Vito Cervo |

Cautious optimism

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