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SMU-SIS students develop mobile app for the visually impaired in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | March 18, 2016
Called ICT-Travel, the app’s features – such as route recommendation, notification of bus arrival and notification to alight – are all designed to be user-friendly for the visually impaired.

In line with this, the team also implemented a shake function that will announce the current address of the user as a form of reassurance. On top of that, upon reaching the destination, ICT-Travel will detect if the actual GPS location matches the intended destination.

The app has since undergone a test by visually impaired users from Dialogue in the Dark Singapore on their daily travel routine for more than two months. After this trial, the SMU team better understood the needs of the users, and has continuously refined the app to cater to their specific needs.

"It was a great experience to learn from peers and professors from around the world about "Humanising IT". Their insights on the topic were very impressive, and inspired me to look at IT and life from a different perspective. I realised there are many areas, such as healthcare and migration, in which IT can contribute to improving lives. Winning the Best Paper award will encourage me to continue studying and applying IT to better the lives of people," said team member Cui Linting.

 

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