01.06.2015

Lazzus: the app that guides the blind

As we mentioned a few days ago, the atmosphere in Europe these days is great for developing mHealth projects. Here, we take a closer look at another example that is about to see the light — it is called Lazzus, and it’s ready to do its part to revolutionize the world of health from mobile devices. The application, created by the Asturian startup NeoSenTec became available in late May.

With this app, those who are blind or significantly visually impaired can be informed about what is surrounding them at all times.

Developed for Android devices as well as Apple mobile and wearables devices and even Google Glass, Lazzus is based on GPS technology that we can put in our pocket, and serves as eyes for its users.

The GPS of the mobile device informs Lazzus of the user’s location while the smartphone’s compass lets the application know the person’s orientation. From there, the tool reports via audio the points of interest that are in your field of vision at that precise moment. All in real time.

Maps provide the key

The tool developed by NeoSenTec allows blind people to discover what they have in front of them thanks to the mobile app, which uses signals to indicate to Lazzus where you are and what you are looking at. But there another aspect that is even more important: the application’s maps.

The maps of each city prepared by Lazzus include many points of interest, and with plenty of details, but without redundancy: all of the locations are previously filtered and sorted to avoid errors and duplicate information.

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As the founders themselves explained at the recent Google Launchpad Barcelona event, the idea is “that blind people can always know what is around them, whether they are businesses or points of interest.”

Unlike other applications that are limited to solely guiding the blind, Lazzus aims to become a kind of mixture of Google Maps and Foursquare, making life easier for anyone with vision problems.

In short, it’s an application that aims to turn mobile devices into eyes for the blind.