The Blind Reinvent the iPhone

May 3rd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Filed under Blind, Innovation, Mobile Apps

screenshot of Sendero, a GPS navigation system for the visually impaired

Sendero is a talking map, GPS navigation system for the blind and visually impaired. The iPhone app announces the user's current street, city, cross street, and nearby points of interest.

Nice piece in The Atlantic this week on how blind people have embraced the iPhone, a device that offers surprising accessibility features despite its flat screen and visual interface. The article makes prominent mentions of apps for the visually impaired, such as VizWiz (which tells users the color of the clothing they select) and Sendero (a personal GSP navigation system).

For Digital Outcasts who previously hesitated to accept iPhone accessibility, the device is now considered the most significant innovation for the blind since the invention of Braille. Trainers have discovered that people adapt well because the iPhone interface is essentially a grid layout, with audio cues that dictate finger position. In fact, one of the new concerns is that the iPhone is making things too easy!

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