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Have you heard of the newest, innovative app called Hello Navi? If you haven’t, let me give you some important information that you would love to learn about.
Hello Navi is an Android app designed for the visually impaired. The incredible app came to life after a group of students from Resaca Middle School in Los Fresnos, Texas were inspired by Andrés Salas, a visually impaired schoolmate of theirs.
Hello Navi was designed by six Hispanic schoolgirls, as part of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, that enables the visually impaired to navigate independently.
Isn’t that fantastic? He (along with many others) will get the opportunity to navigate inside buildings!
Their idea was one of the eight winners for Verizon Foundation’s Innovative App Challenge, and their school was awarded with $20,000!
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. The Challenge shows students exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there.
About the app:
The application consists of a voice-over that asks users their location and final destination. Then, Hello Navi speaks back and guides users with directions—the steps—to get to their destination. The pre-recorded locations and/or digital blueprints must be available prior to using.
This application is:
- GPS location based; uses compass and GPS from phone to determine location
- Voice-over based; needs voice commands to access directions and direct users to route
- Google Indoor Maps for digital blueprints of buildings (if available)
Hello Navi works like this:
- “Where are you?” – asks user to say current location
- “Where do you want to go?” – asks user to say destination
- “Navigating to _______” – gives step-by-step directions to desired destination
This application uses digital blueprints if available, but it is intended to be used to record and save destinations and routes that can be used later.
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