How Will Technology Make Getting Around Easier In The Future?

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Loud steps previewI decide to visit the new mall in town, but I’m not sure where everything is since it’s an unfamiliar place. After taking out my smartphone it begins telling me where each store is and how to get there. The concept of way finding technology is rapidly evolving, and it promises to be of great assistance for blind and visually impaired individuals. Several companies are currently developing a method of guiding individuals through indoor facilities by using Bluetooth beacons. These are small transmitters – about the size of a sticker – that send information to smart phones via Bluetooth. By using a specific mobile app, smartphone users will receive the information from the beacons on their devices.

Recently, the Chicago Lighthouse had the opportunity to test Loudsteps, a smartphone app that when combined with Bluetooth beacons can give directions and guide blind individuals to indoor locations. While many GPS devices…

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