New app created to aid accessibility firms develop designs

Mobile TabletLONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: In this photo illustration an Apple iPad displays it’s home screen on August 6, 2014 in London, England. iPad maker Apple is selling fewer units than in the same quarter in 2013, it is reported. (Photo illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A mobile app has been launched which the creators hope will help firms to design more accessible transport systems.

The ‘Eyeware’ app was developed alongside the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and it applies filters to recreate sight-loss conditions.

Users can experience diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts and glaucoma in virtual reality.

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Transport and accessibility firms are using the app to develop their systems and it is now also being made available to the public with educational applications.

Project leader Martin Pett, Principle Technologist at the Transport Systems Catapult, explained to MKCitizen: “Our app allows users to put themselves in the shoes of people with sight loss conditions, so they can make better decisions about accessibility.

“Not only are we aiming to raise awareness of these disabilities, but our app will also have practical applications. For instance, we are helping architects design stations that are easily navigable for people with sight loss and looking at ways to make self-driving cars more accessible.”

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