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New Bluetooth-based app helps visually impaired commute independently on London underground trains

The guiding app uses the Bluetooth beacons to transmit signals which can be picked up by smartphones or other mobile devices.

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Updated:March 9, 2015, 8:33 AM IST
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New Bluetooth-based app helps visually impaired commute independently on London underground trains
The guiding app uses the Bluetooth beacons to transmit signals which can be picked up by smartphones or other mobile devices.
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New Delhi: A new technology that allows visually impaired individuals to travel independently on the London underground train network is under testing.

The app makes use of Bluetooth technology and is currently being tested by Transport for London. The guiding app uses the Bluetooth beacons to transmit signals which can be picked up by smartphones or other mobile devices.

Members of the Youth Forum of the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) said they wanted to navigate the tube system independently. So, they teamed up with a digital products designer, ustwo, which then devised a system which was effective below ground, a report in the BBC stated.

The app also provides audible directions to users through 'bone conduction' earphones which allow them to hear sounds around them as well. The instructions warn the users when they are approaching escalators or ticket barriers and which platforms they may be headed to.

It's the first such trial of a technology which can guide blind and partially sighted people underground or in areas with limited mobile phone reception.

Developers believe that the technology could be used in other subway networks like those in Newcastle and Glasgow or in other busy public transport hubs.

London Underground said that it will continue with trials with a view to introducing the system at a wider range of stations.

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