Microsoft and Mubaloo Partner to Make Cities Accessible for the Blind

Nov 7, 2014

Microsoft has unveiled a new project which aims to help blind people enjoy more freedom in urban areas, using Mubaloo‘s MiBeacons to help guide them around cities.

The project, Cities Unlocked, was developed in partnership with charity Guide Dogs and the government’s Future Cities Catapult. It uses jaw-bone conducting technology that incorporates an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and GPS chip to track the user’s position.

“By focusing on how devices connect with the physical world around us, Microsoft has shown the need to think about how people access real world places,” said Mike Crooks, development director for MiBeacons. “Technology should be an enabler for people, rather than being used for strictly commercial advantages.

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