The proposed project adds touch and sound elements to map directories alongside an app using GPS technology. Adding raised, tactile features will help users understand the map’s contents without relying on visuals.Direction boards are often placed at crossroads, where there are multiple directions to navigate. These boards serve as checkpoints, providing users with knowledge that they are heading in the correct direction to their destination. To make the boards more accessible, they will include a speaker for relaying information as an audio, braille and textured surfaces on the ground to guide the user to the post.
When a user touches an element on the map, capacitive touch sensors trigger a sound clip. The clip explains the location and description of the element and can connect to the users app. These features can be implemented by incorporating micro controller units and graphite paint in existing map kiosks. The capacitive touch enhances the accessibility of current directories, without the need to rely solely on touchscreen solutions. A navigation app on the user’s device improves the user experience of digital map solutions, while reducing the required cost of implementation.
This phase made use of an NFC bracelet, but using one's own device is more advantageous for users since they already have the devices set up to their own liking. A wearable bracelet is specifically designed for navigation and way-finding using sound and haptic sensors as a form of feedback. The device will have an NFC (Near Field Communication) and signal synchronization technology (Bluetooth / WiFi hotspot) for communicating data with the monolithic structures in public spaces. The bracelet idea proposed was later changed to support individual's phones and existing wearable devices. This created a more accessible project that allowed users to utilize a cost effective strategy.