Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sat-nav for blind 'not a gimmick'

GPS to assist blind with location directions ...

"Blind residents of Turin have been equipped with GPS trackers so that they can be directed around the northern Italian city by satellite.

When wearing the device, a blind user can be tracked by call-centre workers on a map of the city. If he needs help, he can press a special button on a mobile phone to ring in and be guided towards his destination.

Another button can alert staff in case of an attack, or another emergency.

... Mercedes Bresso, who came up with the idea and who is also the head of the regional government, said the initiative was not "a gimmick," but "the start of a wider project to use new technologies to help people."    (Continued via Telegraph)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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