NICT, FUJITSU DEVELOP INDOOR GUIDANCE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BLIND USING ULTRA WIDE BAND POSITIONING, SMARTPHONES
Japan's National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) and Fujitsu today announced their joint development of an indoor support system for the blind that uses ultra wide band (UWB) technology and a smartphone. The system is able to provide real-time positioning data, even indoors where GPS cannot be used, and provide audio instructions on the distance and direction to a destination to help guide the blind. Click here to read more.
BLIND PEOPLE: CUTS, COPING... AND RUDE BUS DRIVERS
In the age of austerity and funding cuts, a little awareness and sensitivity about the way blind people use services goes a long way, says a new report. Click here to read more.
DARK RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK ALLOWS BLIND STAFF TO GUIDE GUESTS
New York. There is more to Dans Le Noir? than meets the eye. Beyond it's gimmicky premise, this restaurant has a vision: to raise awareness of the visually impaired, by staffing the restaurant with blind waiters or "guides." Click here to read more.
BLIND OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER RUNS UNGUIDED, ASSISTED ONLY BY SMARTPHONE
Chosen to be a torchbearer at the 2012 Summer Games, blind ultra-runner Simon Wheatcroft will carry the Olympic Flame running sole -- with only the guidance of his iPhone. Click here to read more.