Talking pen technology, combined with tactile maps, allows blind people to more easily make their way around BART stations in the Bay Area.
‘Talking’ Braille maps help the visual impaired
June 12, 2013 |
Way back in 2011, I wrote about a volunteer effort that involved some of us at HOK SF: documenting BART stations around the Bay Area to create “talking” tactile maps for the blind.
Conducted under the guidance of Lighthouse for the Blind, this effort was a great learning experience in terms of how the blind navigate complex spaces that the rest of us take for granted (transit hubs, malls.. the list goes on). It was also a great look at how technology is being harnessed to aid the differently abled. These maps have raised symbols for important navigational landmarks like escalators and stairs overlaid on a simple outline of BART stations.
About the Author: Aditya Oruganti offers his perspectives on the beautiful city of San Francisco and the goings-on of HOK's SF office. When he's not working, Adi likes to read and travel. Read more posts by Aditya Oruganti.