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GPS positioning system for the blind

21 April 2006: A new global positioning system is becoming popular among the blind; it attaches to a laptop and gives people who are blind, precise directions and places of interest, verbally, or in Braille

Besides being a handy tool for cars, GPS, which helps one find way to a particular destination now, it’s becoming a tool for people who are blind.

However, this system has one potential hazard, even as drivers could be distracted by a cell phone, or GPS or radio, users could get caught up in the street by street information and miss critical signals from their seeing eye dog.

Paul Schroeder of the American Foundation for the Blind says of the GPS system, “It’s not a substitute for learning how to travel effectively and independently.”