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For the blind and visually impaired, knowing “what’s around me?” is heavily constrained. The Autour app currently uses GPS data to provide information on the user’s location and access points of interest in the area. Enhancements to this app will allow users to better navigate their surroundings. By using Internet cloud services the app will interpret the user’s surroundings based on the view of their smartphone camera and describe information relevant to improving their autonomy, such as guidance to a shop entrance or how to cross the street safely.

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