Crossing the street is a risky business when you can’t see the signal on the other side. People with vision loss develop strategies as the traffic lights become less and less visible to the eyes. Depending on the intersection, and traffic patterns, stepping off the curb can be a real leap of faith. Accessible Pedestrian Signals have been around for decades, however they are expensive to install and a challenge to maintain. In cities large and small, no matter how many audible signals exist, visually impaired people will inevitably encounter crosswalks that are not accessible. Then what? If you cannot see the pedestrian signal it is unlikely that you can turn around and hunt for another signal that is accessible. This is where the OKO app comes in.
How OKO Works
OKO is a smart camera app, that detects and reads crosswalk signals instantly, providing information in audio, visual and haptic feedback. When the camera is pointed to opposite side of street the app detects status of pedestrian signal and immediately begins to inform the user with 3 types of feedback. Play the sounds in the app to familiarize yourself before heading to the street.
- DON’T WALK – audible tone and haptic vibration is a slow beat and Red screen means STOP
- WALK – audible tone and haptic vibration is a fast beat and Green screen means GO
- COUNTDOWN – audible tone and haptic vibration is a timed beat and yellow screen means WAIT
Get it on the App Store at: OKO Ai Copilot for the Blind. And when you need it, just say, “Hey Siri, Open OKO.”