Wayfinder Access aims to help the visually impaired to become more mobile, with better access to their surroundings. The navigation software is combined with Nuance's screen reader application TALKS to convert the displayed directions on the mobile device into highly intelligible speech. Nuance will leverage its network of accessibility dealers to distribute Wayfinder Access across Europe. Wayfinder and Nuance will work together to approach mobile operators for this solution, they will also showcase the technology at 3GSM in Barcelona.
Wayfinder Access was developed to facilitate the everyday life of the visually impaired. With the new 'Vicinity View', an application that is both visible and audible, users can decide the radius of the area that they want presented with audible references, simply zooming in and out of the displayed area to enlarge or contract the scope of this area. This means that Points of Interest (POI), crossings or favourites on offer can be limited and prioritised, listed according to their distance from the user's location.