Novartis launches the first Apple Watch app for the visually impaired
With ViaOpta Nav, visually impaired people can now use Apple watches and Android Wear devices to navigate to and from places with greater ease.
Jun 28, 2015
Novartis set to work to make everyday activities easier for the visually impaired using today’s wearable technology.
ViaOpta Nav is the first turn-by-turn navigation app available for a wearable device.
Other apps in the ViaOpta family include ViaOpta Daily, which brings together six different functions to help improve daily life for people with low vision.
The seemingly simple activity of walking to a nearby café and navigating back home can be a challenge for people who are visually impaired. With this in mind, Novartis set to work to find a way to use today’s wearable technology to make everyday activities easier.
The result: ViaOpta Nav, which is the first turn-by-turn navigation app available for a wearable device. With ViaOpta Nav, visually impaired people who have Apple watches or Android Wear devices can now navigate to and from nearby destinations with ease.
Using ViaOpta Nav, visually impaired smartwatch wearers can determine their exact position and find nearby destinations and landmarks. Based on these landmarks, ViaOpta Nav reliably guides users to their destinations. This means they no longer have to juggle multiple devices or struggle to navigate without help.
The ViaOpta Nav smartwatch app is just the latest in the family of ViaOpta apps developed by Novartis. Other apps include ViaOpta Daily, which brings together six different functions – such as a weather forecast, a magnifying glass and a color detector – to help improve daily life for people with low vision.
ViaOpta Nav and ViaOpta Daily are also available as mobile apps for Apple and Android devices. See how ViaOpta Nav works below, or download the app for yourself or someone you care about on iTunes or from Google Play.