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Finding the way: AWARE app aids the visually impaired.

Rasha Said, Sensible Innovations and the AWARE Wayfinding App were featured in the Monday, November 13th edition of the State Journal Register. Photos courtesy of The State Journal Register.


The smartphone voice walks users through a typical mall.

“Keep Macy’s behind you and continue forward heading west, passing Zales Jewelers on your right, then make a quarter-turn right at the hallway intersection, then continue forward heading north passing Gymboree, Build-A-Bear will be the next store on your right.”

The AWARE wayfinding app for the visually impaired grew out of necessity for Rasha Said, founder of Sensible Innovations in Springfield. Said, who has a background in computer science, finance and business administration, devised a pilot program for her son through a partnership with Glenwood High School in Chatham. Beacons -- so called “Smart Landmarks” -- installed throughout the school communicate location to the smartphone user through audio cues.

Read the full article on the State Journal Register website: