A new app asks crowds to help map bus stops for the sightless

Blindways is a new app developed by the Perkins School of Blind to crowdsource precise locations to help blind people find bus stops.

Why just wait, when you can help?
October 5, 2016

Now that the novelty has worn off, you’re probably not catching as many Pokemon as you used to. Never mind; perhaps you can use your smartphone to search for something else, and improve the lives of others, too.

Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown has developed Blindways, a new free iPhone app to help blind people find the nearest bus stop. Perhaps you didn’t realize this was a problem. Neither did Perkins director of products Luiza Aguiar, until a blind colleague brought it up.

“It was such a simple problem that hadn’t been addressed with today’s technology that I just couldn’t help chewing on it,” Aguiar said.

But “micronavigation,” as Aguiar calls it, is exactly what blind bus riders need. They don’t want to get within 30 feet of the bus stop, only to hear Number 16 cruise by without halting. They need to hit the spot. That’s where Blindways’ crowdsourcing feature comes in.

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