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Loud Steps – Directional App for the Visually and Hearing Impaired | NewsWatch Review

SXSW Interactive

Smartphones might be known as a hub for audio and visual content, but the handy device can also be used to help PEOPLE with visual and audio impairments.

Most venues are complicated for the visually impaired. There’s an overload of information for sighted people, but not accessible for the visually impaired.

Loud Steps is a convenient directional app that taps into WiFi inside buildings to provide visually and hearing impaired with the confidence and independence to navigate public venues.

Its features include:

  • Guidance – built for the partially sighted, blind and hearing impaired, Loud Steps offers step by step directions to points of interest
  • Extended Listings – the app holds detailed information about specific points of interest such as hours of operations.
  • Audio and Visual Support – Loud Steps provides voice-to-text search and voice guidance
  • Space Discovery – App users can receive announcements about their environment by pointing the mobile device in a specific direction

Once the app is fired up upon entering a venue, the user is alerted to any emergency exits or restrooms.

While strolling through the venue, Loud Steps announces shops and access points that the user might want to engage with. Directions are step by step and including checkpoints like offices, elevators, or even the need to turn a corner.

The app is shaped by Loud Steps’ community. All around the world, several non-profit organizations for visually impaired people are supporting the app.

You can download Loud Steps in the App Store today.

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