[tabi] an application for helping the blind navigate inside buildings using GPS

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:20:06 -0400

> September 9, 2009
> Background
> Outdoor point-of-interest (POI) tagging, which enables users 
> and service 
> providers to digitally save a location's name, and other 
> attributes, has 
> become a corner-stone of commercial GPS products and 
> services, as well 
> as a useful outdoor navigation aid for people with visual 
> impairments, 
> however, it has not yet reached its full potential in indoor 
> environments due to the poor performance of GPS in shaded 
> environments.
> tagin! 0.5.2b release
> The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto, 
> has developed "tagin!" an open-source WiFi-based indoor/outdoor POI 
> tagging service with room-level accuracy that will allow private and 
> public location-based products and services to enter still untapped 
> indoor spaces, while providing the redundancy required to bridge with 
> current, primarily outdoors, GPS-based products and services, 
> seamlessly.
> tagin! is currently in a beta stage and available for evaluation as a 
> firefox 3.5 extension at:
> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13227
> Planned features for future releases include:
> + Mobile versions of tagin!
> + Wayfinding features using mobile compass and accelerometer data
> + A tagin! API for 3rd-party application development
> + Automatic GPS coordinate retrieval and address lookup
> + Tag voting system for public moderation
> + User accounts and tags sharing
> We encourage you to try the tagin! Firefox extension and submit your 
> feedback to scyp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or through the support pages at:
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/tagin/support
> For additional information visit the project's page at:
> http://scyp.atrc.utoronto.ca/tagin
> and the FAQ at:
> http://scyp.atrc.utoronto.ca/tagin/tagin_faq
> To receive news on future releases, features and events 
> please subscribe 
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> https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/tagin-news
> Looking forward to your feedback!
> The tagin! team
> ATRC, University of Toronto
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