App increases mobility for blind in Dublin

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Friday, 30 November 2012 13:46pm

A navigation app for Apple iOS devices called Walk Dublin will help to increase the mobility of blind and vision impaired users by providing walking directions to cultural landmarks in the Republic of Ireland Capital. Launched this week by the Dublin City Council, the app was developed in consultation with the National Council for the Blind.

The app’s features include:

  • Walking directions: find walking directions to nearby points of interests around the Dublin City Council. These points of interest include cultural sites such as theatres, libraries and galleries. Once a point of interest is selected, tap 'walk' to find walking directions. This will activate Apple Maps' walking directions, the inbuilt GPS for iOS devices.
  • Nearby places: search for places that are nearby. Once a nearby point of interest or place is selected, detailed information such as background or history and contact information is provided. Tap 'call' to contact the destination directly.  Distances given are approximate.
  • Navigation: find out where you are by selecting 'Where am I' in the main menu. This feature, when used with VoiceOver, will announce the street name of your location and the direction you are facing.

The app is available to download for free in iTunes. Please note, the features on this app are available only when in the city of Dublin.

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