CHICAGO (WLS) - New technology is giving those that are blind and visually impaired more freedom. It's called Beacon Technology. Chicago's Lighthouse is one of the first facilities to put it to the test.
"This new app involves technology called iBeacons and beacons are programmable devices that send out a signal to a smartphone that can be placed on the ceiling or on the walls of a facility," said Tom Perski, senior vice president of rehabilitation services at the Chicago Lighthouse.
Perski said the beacons are paired with an app that anyone can download to their phone or tablet.
"The app called Aware has some other features where a person can if they walk past a facility or a room and they don't know what it is they can just push the top right hand part of the screen that says more information," said Perski.
Beacons and the app are programmable by the facility to put in all the information about their department or center. Places like offices and malls will need to map out where beacons need to be placed to help users navigate.