Smart glasses to improve mobility for the visually-impairedEl premi del repte conjunt organitzat per les ciutats de Barcelona i Nova York, dotat amb 40.000 euros, permetrà realitzar un prova pilot a la Vila de Gràcia per avaluar l'eficàcia d'aquest nou prototip, que es planteja com un suport addicional a les millores que es facin al paviment.
The Indian Company GingerMind Technologies has been chosen as the winner for its prototype glasses featuring a camera which analyses images, facilitates navigation and safety when crossing the road. The glasses guide visually-impaired people with the help of sound and support from an app which is fully accessible and uses beacons. The device uses Bluetooth technology, allowing for more accurate calculation of the distance between people and the mobile device.
The project was chosen as it offers an economic, attractive and accessible product, which provides solutions based on pavements, as called for by groups of people with visual impairment.
The challenge was created by the New York City Department of Transportation and Barcelona City Council, via Barcelona Activa, the Area of Mobility, the Municipal IT Institute (IMI) and the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities (IMPD). The aim was to seek a technological solution to help the visually-impaired get around confidently, particularly along streets with curbless pavements.