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Product: WayAround
Top Line: WayAround is a smart assistant for people with vision loss that gives on-demand details about everyday things. Using a mobile app and smart audio labels, WayAround provides customized information about the world around you. Created by two architects with vision loss, the simple tag-and-scan system promotes life-changing independence in everyday situations.
Close Up: WayAround for Public Spaces uses smart tags placed at key locations in the built environment. WayTags work with a mobile app for iOS or Android to provide accessible audio information describing the immediate surroundings.
WayAround for Public Spaces compliments navigation solutions by providing detailed orientation information, including room layout, available features and how they operate, and emergency information.
“There are lots of visual cues that sighted people use to orient themselves to a new space, yet many aren't available to someone with vision loss even using tools like the white cane or a guide dog," said Darwin Belt, co-founder and manager of WayAround and an architect with vision loss. "Today's debut of WayAround for Public Spaces is a significant step toward increasing what kind of information is available to people with vision loss about the built environment.”
Vital Stats: WayAround for individual use launched in January, 2018. Users affix a smart tag to any item around the home or office, then use the accessible mobile app, WayAround—Tag and Scan—to add a description as well as other details like laundering instructions, allergens, best-before dates, and more.
The debut of WayAround for Public Spaces coincided with the 2018 Training Conference and Expo of the National Industries for the Blind. Three-dimensional WayTags placed in high-traffic areas provide information about lobbies, the expo hall, and restrooms. Conference attendees access the information through the WayAround mobile app by tapping a WayTag with a smartphone.
WayAround for Public Spaces will be available for pre-order in 2019.