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    Andrew Spitz, Ruben van der Vleuten and Markus Schmeiduch: Blind Maps

Interactive braille smart phone maps for the visually impaired

Posted by Anna Trench,

Although Blind Maps is only a concept at this stage, it really is a remarkable one. The device, conceived by designers Andrew Spitz, Ruben van der Vleuten and Markus Schmeiduch during a 36 hour project at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, is a handheld interactive smart phone maps accessory made for the visually impaired. Using tactile-sensitive haptic technology, the interface has a perforated braille-like screen with pins which move to show navigation. Constantly receiving information and adapting, Blind Maps warns of changes to the user’s route, responds the user’s progress and gives options for bird’s eye or line view. Very impressive concept, let’s hope it becomes a reality.

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    Andrew Spitz, Ruben van der Vleuten and Markus Schmeiduch: Blind Maps

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    Andrew Spitz, Ruben van der Vleuten and Markus Schmeiduch: Blind Maps

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    Andrew Spitz, Ruben van der Vleuten and Markus Schmeiduch: Blind Maps

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    Andrew Spitz, Ruben van der Vleuten and Markus Schmeiduch: Blind Maps

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Posted by Anna Trench

Anna is a writer and illustrator who joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Cambridge University and Falmouth university. She wrote for the site between January and March 2013.