Google Glass, iBeacon in Accessibility, iBeacon Technology

iBeacon vs. Google Glass

Google glass is a computer system with the accessibility and and simplicity that active people are always looking for. Google glass however, is implemented through the form of glasses or sunglasses which then generates the desired information right there in front of your eyes, which limits accessibility for the visually impaired. This is invention is designed so that you have Google right at your fingertips. Similar to iBeacon, Google Glass is able to locate things geographically, however, it is not quite as precise and not able to navigate indoors as well as iBeacon because iBeacon can help locate things down to inches. The voice recognition software in Google Glass and in iBeacon makes both devices even more accessible.

Accessibility using iBeacon vs. Google Glass

iBeacon allows users who already own an Apple or Android device to benefit from the new system simply by downloading an app rather than spending approximately $2,000 dollars on Google Glass. iBeacon seems to be a better solution after all, given its user opt-in nature and low power consumption capabilities. iBeacon allows users to opt-in to using this software, whereas Google Glass automatically uses recognition to suggest deals and other recommendations. Google Glass adds another device that would need to be carried around in order to experience the benefits, but with iBeacon, all you need is your phone in order to access all of iBeacons benefits. Not only do you have to remember the glasses, you also have to remember the track pad or the glasses are useless. Many uses will place the track pad in their pockets, but with that, there is a risk of it breaking. This is just one more thing that would have to be carried around.
iBeacon in Accessibility, iBeacon Technology, iBeacon Uses

Using iBeacon in Different Settings

Is iBeacon living up to it’s full potential?

iBeacon is considered “the indoor GPS”. It is an indoor positioning system that allows you to connect to it with your Apple of android device and then use it as an extremely accurate and precise GPS. iBeacon has the potential to unlock doors upon approach, notify you if your bike or car is no longer in the garage, give you tours of museums, locate restrooms or buildings, and notify you of your surrent location in relation to your final destination. iBeacon has most commonly been used to provide shoppers with coupons, deals, and shopping suggestions based on the popular consumer preference, but is iBeacon progressing in the most beneficial direction, which is to help the disabled?

iBeacon and non-retail settings

iBeacon has been used a location tool in parking garages to help people find their cars, the exit, and the entrances to buildings. If someone who is in a wheelchair can’t remember what floor they parked on, the specific location of their car, or their hearing aids, it may be very hard for them to navigate around in order to find it. That is where iBeacon comes in. Its ability to pinpoint specifically, down to inches, a range of things all the way from a car down to a tiny hearing aid, is revolutionary. iBeacon has the potential to help the visualy impaired locate certain buildings and even elevators or restrooms in the buildings. With the accuracy that iBeacon is capeable of, it could drastically change the lives of those who are visually impaired. Unfortunately, the main use right now for the iBeacon is simply to benefit consumers at retail stores. Although iBeacon’s obvious perks are things like cars and buildings, the most amazing capability is the ability to locate things such as hearing aids. Those are things that are often misplaced, and if an individual is visually impaired, they would be difficult to locate.

iBeacon in the retail setting

In the retail setting, those who are visually impaired could be easily guided to specific locations for specific product. There is also the potential for iBeacon to link with motorized wheelchair ramps that lower when you approach them and arms on shelves that can lower product down to those who are disabled. iBeacon can also direct users to where a product is located. This would come in handy when in a lage warehouse like Costco to assist people with disabilities who have a difficult time maneuvering from place to place.