Mapping Every Street Light with SeeLight

Only 10% of traffic lights are currently accompanied by either audio cues or tactile paving, making it difficult for blind pedestrians to navigate busy intersections. Hoping to change that, a new app called SeeLight—which is available for free on the iTunes app store—is on a mission to map out every single street light in the world. The app can then send helpful information to the …

A Helpful App for Blind Subway Riders

A mobile app and guidance system concept called Lantern may one day help blind New Yorkers navigate the city’s convoluted subway system. The app works by communicating with bottle cap-sized beacons located around a subway platform, directing users to nearby turnstiles and notifying them if they come too close to a platform’s edge. The idea was conceived by Eugene Gao, a New York-based copywriter who …

First Mexican Comic Book in Braille

For the first time ever, a Mexican comic book has been released in Braille. Writer Jorge Grajales and cartoonist Bernardo Fernandez decided to create the comic book after noticing that only 1% of all Mexican publications are released in Braille, leaving very little opportunity for nearly 1.2 million visually impaired Mexicans to read. Titled “Sensus. El Universo en sus ojos,” the graphic novel tells the …