Mapability Creates First Augmented Reality Layer for Accessibility
Published : 2011-10-11 - Updated : 2012-09-16
Author : Mapability Association
🛈 Synopsis : Mapability helps you find accessible points of interest for wheelchair users by identifying distance and direction on smartphone screens.
Main DigestMapability, in partnership with buildAR, released the first augmented reality layer for urban accessibility in the world. Available on Layar, it helps you easily find accessible points of interest for wheelchair users.
Augmented reality (AR) gives users a tool to locate restaurants, bars, shops and museums, etc. identifying distance and direction right on the smartphone screen.
"A wheelchair user is able to see where the closest accessible restaurant or shop is located", explains Mapability marketing director Riccardo Dondi, "on the screen they see a radar with the direction and distance of more than 50 categories". Moreover, points of interest can be displayed on a map or list view.
The application uses technology from buildAR, an advanced content management system for augmented reality that speeds up the creation process.
"It's great to see how Mapability have used buildAR to create really useful AR content. Displaying accessible points of interest using AR is a great way of matching technology to everyday needs" said Rob Manson, CEO and Co-founder of buildAR.com. "We are happy to partner with Mapability for this wonderful initiative".
Mapability AR will cover all the cities mapped by the association. Right now it is available in Europe, in the cities of Pavia and Cremona, Italy.
In order to find accessible points of interest simply download the free Layar reality browser application on compatible mobile devices and then search for Mapability AR in the available content. Or simple visit this link directly m.layar.com/open/buildar10415/
Who is Mapability: Mapability is a not for profit association that uses technology to promote accessible tourism. Through the use of GPS and Internet technologies the association collects data on urban accessibility that can be used in many different ways, including mobile mapping and navigation systems. www.mapability.org
Who is BuildAR: buildAR is the leading augmented reality content creation system that lets you quickly and easily link your content to the real world. It is the quickest and easiest way to publish your content to the millions of AR enabled mobile devices that are already in use all over the world. All in real time and all with zero development. What will you buildbuildAR.com
Related Disability Apps Documents
- 1: KNFB Reader App: Sight for People with Vision Disability : App allows people who are blind to listen to audio, read back printed text from menus in restaurants, to browsing handouts in the classroom.
- 2: Google Glass App Real Time Closed Captioning : Researchers have created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing with everyday conversations.
- 3: Voiceitt Makes Alexa Accessible for Disabled : Voiceitt announces people with speech impairments will now be able to use the Voiceitt mobile app to access and interact with Amazon Alexa.
- 4: Sensory from Within Autism Discovery App : Sensory from Within App enables wide range of ages, abilities, and communication styles, to understand the Autism spectrum and gain tools, strategies, and understanding.
- 5: Autism & Beyond: Autism Facial Expressions App : Autism & Beyond App screens for autism by reading facial expressions of children for emotional cues.
You're reading Disabled World. Be sure to check out our homepage for further informative disability news, reviews, exclusive stories and how-tos. You can also follow Disabled World on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Disclaimer: Disabled World provides general information only. Materials presented are in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Any 3rd party offering or advertising on disabled-world.com does not constitute endorsement by Disabled World. View our Advertising Policy for further information. Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.
Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Mapability Association. Electronic Publication Date: 2011-10-11 - Revised: 2012-09-16. Title: Mapability Creates First Augmented Reality Layer for Accessibility, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/apps/mapability.php>Mapability Creates First Augmented Reality Layer for Accessibility</a>. Retrieved 2021-04-11, from https://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/apps/mapability.php - Reference: DW#468-8544.