An app for Apple’s iPhone and iPad promises to help blind and partially sighted people retrace their steps indoors using augmented reality.
For many years now, navigation apps have proven extremely useful for blind people when outdoors, but indoor navigation has remained a challenge.
The Clew app (links to the iTunes store) won’t let you find a location indoors (such as inside a shopping mall) but it would let you retrace your steps back from where you entered the mall for example. As you walk around the device drops virtual breadcrumbs so that your walk is tracked and then you can retrace those steps using the navigation provided by the device.
Update: The app now supports saving routes so you can retrace your steps again when you visit that location. In a forthcoming update you will also be able to share those routes with others.
Check out an audio walk-through of the Clew app from AppleVis contributor Thomas Domville (recorded prior to new updates)
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