Chris Ashton

dai11y 29/03/2021

iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are

  • An article from October 2020, but it taught me something I didn’t know: iOS 14.2 allows you to detect whether there are people in view (using your camera), and how far away they are. iOS will say how far the person is away, in feet or metres. The user can set a tone corresponding to difference, i.e. if somebody gets too close the tone changes. For deafblind people, there is a haptic pulse option instead, which goes faster as people get closer.
  • It isn’t explicitly mentioned in the article, but this feature is aimed at allowing blind users to keep a safe distance from people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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