BlindSquare, the most used and recognized waypoint navigation application for persons who are blind, partially-sighted or deafblind, today announces another first. Ilkka Pirttimaa (CEO and creator of BlindSquare) in celebration of its 10 year anniversary, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and in cooperation with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
Throughout this rollercoaster that we call 2020, our days have shifted from fearful to hopeful and every feeling in between; and yet the rollercoaster continues on. This year, perhaps more than ever before in our lifetime, the world has rallied together to support one another in restless anticipation that the pandemic – alongside its emotional, economical and physical effects – will quickly taper away. In an effort to continue our support in the fight against COVID-19, by popular demand, NaviLens and BlindSquare are extending the availability and free use of BlindSquare EVENT through to January 1, 2021.
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Photo by cottonbro from Pexels There’s no doubt that COVID-19 swept the world in countless ways, and education systems globally were no exception to the impact. Teachers, students, and parents of students were required to drastically pivot their day-to-day dynamics to accommodate the changes that quarantine would apply to education in 2020.
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May 21st is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities. Across our globe, the impact of the pandemic is found. Some impacts are led by common sense (avoid exposures, battle all exposures with “be clean” responses), and some by country/local laws restricting travel entirely or by degree. BlindSquare and NaviLens join to serve on the frontline. Being stuck indoors. Has the pandemic created a greater impact for persons who are blind, deafblind, or partially sighted?
In a few short days, the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 event will be taking over Albert Park, Melbourne. It’s an event unlike a traditional stroll past the water, with the unique smell of hot race rubber on the tracks, the roar of the cars, kilometres away, and a crowd of over 300,000 spectators bustling about.
School’s in session and the campus is all abuzz for students around the world. Finding your classrooms can be a daunting experience, but for a blind student, far more so. Luckily, universities and colleges are installing BlindSquare systems throughout campus to reduce navigational challenges for blind students to use through their iOS devices.
In a bustling world, we rely so heavily on technology to entertain us, keep us connected and ultimately, keep us safe. 3.8 billion people currently own a smartphone worldwide, and that number is continuing to climb rapidly. In the US, approximately two-thirds of smartphone owners rely on navigational apps to get them from Point A to B.
I’m Ilkka Pirttimaa, developer of an iOS app called BlindSquare. Uniquely it uses Open Street Map and Foursquare data to help people who are blind to navigate in new and familiar environments and provide them with a world of choices, otherwise veiled.
From 18 to 20 May, MIPsoft will present at SightCity in Frankfurt, Germany, the biggest European show of assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. Come and visit us at booth E11. We look forward to showing you BlindSquare, to answering your questions, and to listening to your feedback and suggestions.