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Health Tech: Talking Signs to Help the Visually Impaired

If you can’t see, it can be challenging to navigate public areas such as stores and restaurants. If only the signs could talk to you…

A company has created a system that helps the visually impaired find their way around. The RightHear system relies on wireless Bluetooth iBeacons that work with a free smartphone app to create signs that can “talk” to the users. And since it knows the person’s location, the system can also provide directions on how to navigate to a desired destination. The result is an environment that is more accessible and inclusive for users and is used in stores and restaurants. The company currently has iBeacons installed in more than 2,000 locations in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. The company that created this system recently received funding from a Volkswagen program to create a system that would help people with impaired vision be able to interact better with autonomous vehicles, making riders feel more comfortable and in control of the experience.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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