NIU has introduced over 700 colorful QR codes throughout the buildings on campus and around the campus itself. These QR codes work with an app called NaviLense, and reportedly work from up to 40 feet away, at angles, and in generally poor lightning conditions.
These QR codes were implemented in an effort to assist visually impaired or blind students more easily and effectively navigate the campus. When scanned with a mobile device (or being near them as described above) will trigger helpful audio that will tell you where you are or where you’re headed to.
With over 97% of adults having smartphones, and those phones already proving to be so helpful as accessibility tools (among so many other uses), it’s no surprise that moving forward we continue to see large establishments adopting them as a means to help others see the world more effectively.
For more comprehensive coverage on this new upgrade for the NIU campus, check out the Northern Star report on it.
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