Researchers develop navigation app for the blind

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers and students at the University of Minnesota are developing a smartphone app to help blind and visually impaired people navigate streets in Minneapolis.

A recent graduate says ongoing construction created many obstacles for her as she walked around campus.

The Minnesota Daily reports (http://bit.ly/VXAnm9 ) the app will guide Nicole Plan and other visually impaired or blind people safely through intersections. It will provide the description of a crosswalk as the app user approaches it and allow them to request walk signals.

The project began in 2010 and is nearly complete. A senior assistance engineer at the University's Minnesota Traffic Observatory says the research team still needs to obtain important traffic signal information from city officials before the app goes live.

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Information from: The Minnesota Daily, http://www.mndaily.com/

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