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Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired

Visually Impaired Research, RCA

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A Royal College of Art researcher harnesses digital technology to provide wayfinding solutions for the visually impaired.

New technologies such as RFID tags, Quick Response codes, and Wi-fi routers are dramatically altering wayfinding solutions for the sighted, but digital wayfinding tools for the visually impaired have been slower to develop.

David Sweeney, a research associate with London’s Royal College of Art, is changing all that.

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Wayfinding solutions for people with low vision have yet to take full advantage of emerging technologies. David Sweeney, a research associate at London’s Royal College of Art, investigated tools that could improve wayfinding experiences for visually impaired users and provide them with the luxury of choice and exploration while navigating. But while Sweeney’s research focused on the visually impaired, it also has implications for helping all users navigate public spaces and manage complex information about the built environment.

David Sweeney, Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre
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