New app uses GPS to help blind move around independently

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In two years time, the blind will be able to use an app which will help them to navigate their way around much of Singapore on disabled-friendly routes.

Students and lecturers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic have developed the smartphone application that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to map out the shortest path that is safe for them. The app, which guides the user via audio instructions and alarm beeps, also factors in the weather, taking a sheltered route to the destination, if it is raining.