Personal GPS Helps Blind Navigate

A personal GPS device provides verbal navigation information for the blind.
June 16, 2003, 4am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"The handheld device, dubbed 'Tormes,' was unveiled in Madrid in early June. It weighs less than one kilogram (about 2 pounds), comes with a Braille keyboard and a voice synthesizer, and taps the global positioning satellite system to provide verbal directions. Added software and a database of city maps give immediate feedback about the users' surroundings...Even with the increased accuracy, though, the device cannot alert the blind to small obstacles like stairs or street curbs. Walking canes or guide dogs won't become obsolete."

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Published on Saturday, June 14, 2003 in Wired
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