The company announced in a press release that the app currently provides accessibility, orientation and navigation support to the blind and visually impaired in more than 600 public venues throughout Israel. The system is also available in the U.S.
“Blind and visually impaired persons come to hospitals and clinics both as patients and as visitors,” Idan Meir, CEO of RightHear, said in the release. “Today, they usually need guidance to orient themselves in the vast space of hospitals or large clinics. RightHear’s system allows them to move and orient themselves independently. Hospital/clinic managers can set the administrator dashboard to a maximum level of detail in every department and corridor.”
Through personal smartphones, RightHear provides users with real-time audio descriptions of the indoor location, helping direct the user through the space.
Users are alerted when they are close to a RightHear-enabled hospital or clinic, and Bluetooth sensors transmit information regarding the layout to the device.
The system also includes an administrator dashboard so that the staff can control the system to suit current needs.
The RightHear smartphone app can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS and will automatically connect with Bluetooth beacons.