Imagine standing at what you thought was a bus stop, only to have the bus blow past you. That’s an experience Joann Becker is all too familiar with.
Becker, who is blind, remembers growing increasingly frustrated during the winter months, when her GPS would bring her close—but not close enough—to a bus stop, and she would be left standing in the cold.
Becker, an assistive technology specialist at Perkins School for the Blind, brought the problem to Luiza Aguiar, director of products at Perkins Solutions. With all the technology we have, Aguiar thought, there must be a way to solve the issue of micronavigation, or filling the not-close-enough gap left by GPS. In coordination with RaizLabs, Perkins developed BlindWays as a way to fill that gap.