The ibeacon although brand new technology definitely has the potential to be extremely helpful if not life changing for those with disabilities. One of the ways for the ibeacon to enhance movement is by making entering into buildings very accessible. This s done with the E-z function. This function as of now allows for an authorized disabled employee upon reaching a door it will automatically open for them. This capability can be expanded to allow for the opening of all doors throughout a building without having to punch the button, if available. This will allow for safer and faster passage through doors and walkways. The ibeacon with this capability can also be brought into homes providing the same door opening capabilities along with the turning on of lights, heat, air conditioning, possibly even water faucets and showers. I know presently there are voice activated tools to allow for some of these functions but this could be developed to be even more functional and efficient. This new application has the potential to help equalize some of the daily obstacles disabled people face. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9242393/Why_Apple_s_indoor_GPS_plan_is_brilliant
iBeacons that could help someone visually impaired get around easier? This could happen in the near future. This video I made shows how someone could use an iBeacon to get around campus. It’s a simple idea for something that is already being used to help people shop and locate things. My hope is that this video can help bring to light the possibility of an iBeacon being set up around campus that a disabled person could find on their smart phone and have it aid them throughout the day to to help find places they would need to go.
This is a great video that shows the different functions and capabilities of iBeacons.
Helping those with visual impairments — Apple provides iOS technologies to help the visually impaired navigate their devices and the world around them including text-to-speech capabilities, dictation technology built into Siri, and support for Bluetooth Braille displays. iBeacon setups could tap into these technologies to provide specific information about a space or venue useful to the visually impaired.
While reading an article about the “10 things iBeacon could transform that have nothing to do with retail.” I felt that this quote was pertinent to show the brief synopsis on how it could help those with visual impairments. It was also comical because it was the shortest blurb on the 10 things list even though it could have the largest personal impact on an individuals life who is blind or has sight impairments.
The article below discusses how the iBeacon can be used for the airport and locating your terminal, the mall, finding your parked car and many, many more functions. The main functions that were mentioned is that they work indoors unlike GPS, are energy efficient, they work in all weather and don’t require Wifi or data connection.
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iBeacon accessibility has many new uses that are making the software more user friendly and a capable device for users with vision impairments. The device gives the ability to mark when they are getting close to a door or steps and to turn on lights and let the user know where there is an accessible entrance.
The iBeacon is also developing for the non-impaired as well and is coming up with new capabilities such as how to find your car in a busy parking lot or to put on your bike so no one can “walk away with it.” With the functionality expanding outside of the impaired realm it might help to perpetuate the number of beacons and the places that interact with them. This in turn will help the impaired because it could offer more accessibility for them due to increased “hype.”
If you want to read more visit: http://labwerk.com/uses-ibeacon-technology/