Beacons guide blind around town

Beacons guide blind around town
Richard Ball Elderly, visually impaired and blind people may soon benefit from an electronic system being developed at Edinburgh’s Napier University. The auditory location finder (ALF) uses beacons placed around towns to transmit information to a user’s earpiece. Information ranges from street names and proximity to road crossings, to the nearest bus stop or post office. Distress calls to family, wardens or the emergency services can also be made using the ALF. A research council grant of ?147,000 will fund the project over the next two years. The university’s Transport Research Institute is running the project in collaboration with the Royal National Institute for the Blind.


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