Cities Unlocked is a collaborative project between Guide Dogs Association, Future Cities Catapult, Microsoft and other partners. The projects aims to demonstrate the way in which future technologies could enable people with visual impairments to enjoy an easier and more enhanced life through technology. The Guide Dogs Association and Microsoft previously created the concept video below to demonstrate how a day out for a visually impaired individual could look in the future!
The Cities Unlocked project is focused on making the concept video as much a reality as possible. The Guide Dogs Association has partnered with many organisations that people come into contact with in their daily lives; transport, council, retail and entertainment. I am currently working with the Guide Dogs Association and Microsoft towards enabling Tesco to provide an enhanced retail experience for our visually impaired customers through use of technology.
The project is an exciting one, we are currently investigating solutions using a number of interesting technologies including Wi-Fi, NFC and low energy Bluetooth beacons. For more information on the project please see the link below, and keep an eye on the Tesco Labs blog for future updates!